Every once in a while there are job interviews so strange that they can only be considered once in a lifetime events. We've compiled some real life crazy job interview stories – they're good, they're bad, and they're downright crazy… But one thing is for sure - they're gonna make you laugh.
“When I was 17 years old – I had my first interview and it was with the F.B.I. in Alabama. I had always wanted to work for the F.B.I. so I went down to the FBI office and first met the receptionist.
“I had never been to an interview, did not know what to say, what to do and not do but when I walked into that office- the lady asked me: ” Can I help you?” I just said: ” I have come to work for the F.B.I.” and I came with an SF 171 (a Federal job application). The only thing on the entire application was my name at the top and my signature at the bottom. I had no job experiences at all. WHAT WAS I THINKING?
“The supervisor called me into his office and said:
‘Jimmy – I see that you are interested in working for the FBI.’
“Now remember– I was 17 years old but looked like a 12 year old with a flat top hair cut and skinny as a rail. He looked at me and said:
‘Jimmy— I would like for you to — Go home——(I could just see him about to tell me to go home and pack my suitcase and come back and leave in the morning for Washington DC for the FBI Finger Printing Division)— eat some more meat and potatoes and come back in a couple years— now skee-dattle on out of here.’
“I nearly died, I was mad, I was embarrassed–I dashed out that door and never ever applied for a job with the FBI. I went on to college and eventually found my best job at the FDA.”
- James R.
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