Well, that was awkward: how one guy tanked his job interview before he even got there
The other day I was trying to cross the street outside my office building, but the cars kept whizzing past and wouldn’t let me go. (Yeah, I could have walked the 30 or so feet to the lights on the corner, but I didn’t.) Even after the corner light changed, they wouldn’t stop to let me go, choosing instead to keep going, only to have to stop a few feet later. You know the scene – they keep going to the point of stopping right in front of you and blocking your path, so you have to walk around them and can’t see the oncoming traffic.
I MEAN, COME ON! Would it be that hard to slow down and just let me go???
So, I flipped all the stopped cars the bird. As one does.
Then, as I walked into my building, I thought “Gee, I hope none of my superiors were driving any of those cars, or anyone I know for that matter…” And by the time I got to my desk I was doing a full forehead smack. What was I thinking??? Dummy.
In the end, nobody said anything, so luckily, I think I got away with it.
But you gotta watch these things. One London subway user was not so lucky the other day when, after he shoved past another man and told him to go f*** himself, he later found himself interviewing for a job with that person.
Matt Buckland, head of HR for Forward Partners in the UK, tweeted:
Karma – the guy who pushed past me on the tube and then suggested I go F myself just arrived for his interview…with me…
— Matt Buckland (@ElSatanico) February 16, 2015
Buckland described the interview as “totally awkward,” and said, “I asked lots of questions about the tube until it slowly started to dawn on him.”
Despite this, Buckland told Buzzfeed it wasn’t because of the incident that the candidate didn’t get the job and that he didn’t “hold it over” him:
“It would be easy to hold something like this over someone in an interview, but for me interviews aren’t about that. When you interview you are looking for a read of skills but also to know if that person is a real human being, it’s about that connection. By the end of the interview we laughed it off and were both happy.”
Meanwhile, lest one think this is a one-off type of incident, Buckand’s Twitter friends followed up by commiserating with similar tales. They wrote (I’ve done a bit of cleaning up for clarification, but not much):
- “I used to sit as a tribunal chair (low level judge). Was walking through court and some thug shouted ‘WTF u looking at.’ He looked horrified when his case was called on and saw me there glaring at him.”
“This happened to me – interviewee cut in & took my parking space before telling me to ‘chill the f*** out’ oops”
“An acquaintance met with my COS, snubbed me bc I was answering phones. After he left, COS asked me to write his recommendation.”
“A while ago a fella in a BMW ‘road raged’ me on my way to work – any yes I was interviewing him too”
“I was once knocked off bike by van driver. Police prosecuted. He lost job & home. Then needed rehousing – by me.”
“I’ve actually experienced that. Row on a car park with women. Then walked into interview … #awkward”
“A time I heard two guys loudly slating their boss on the train, they got off & her best friend phoned her&told all.”
Let this tale serve as a reminder that we should always be on our best behaviour, because you never know who’s watching.