Spring Forward Series: Interview Oopsies and Other Short Stories

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February 26, 2014 by Lainey

Spring Forward Series presents

Interview Oopsies: A Collection of Extremely Short Stories

This week, we have talked to four of your peer career advisers and one McCombs student who have each made a recruiting oopsie-daisy! While recruiting season may be winding down, we can all learn from each other’s mistakes.

So readers, have you ever said or done anything cringe-worthy during an interview or a networking event? Want to add to our collection of interview oopsies? Like or comment below!

The best interviews — like the best biographies — should sing the strangeness and variety of the human race. – Lynn Barber

Short Story #1. The Shaking Slip-up

“One of my clumsiest mistakes I had made during the interviewing process happened last year. I walked into the interview suite extremely excited and gung-ho to begin the interview process. As soon as he approached me, he stuck out his right hand and I clumsily and messily shot my left hand into his right leaving him confused and startled. #Awkward #StillGot2ndRoundInterview”

Short Story #2. Company Confusion

“I’d been preparing for a glorious set of four interviews in two days. The companies included Capital One, Citi Technologies, Pariveda Solutions, and Target. I was in a first-round interview with Capital One and had a question about why I wanted to intern with them. I started my answer with “I want to intern at Citi…I mean Capital One”. Whoops. #StillGot2ndRoundInterview”

Short Story #3. Straight Face Faux Pas

“I had met this recruiter at a night prior event before the day of my interview. He was the one I was most comfortable talking to. When I walked into the interview room, I was expecting to see him. Instead, it was kind of a shock to see this other guy, and to be honest, it was pretty hard to maintain a straight face at that moment.”

Short Story #4. A Brutally Honest Blunder

It is not every question that deserves an answer. – Publilius Syrus

“This one time during an interview with Goldman Sachs, I was asked this random, innocent question. It wasn’t even an interview question. They asked me “If you weren’t a Finance major, what would you choose instead?” I told them “Well, I probably would be a pre-med student so I could be come a doctor if I was smart enough, but unfortunately I’m not smart enough for that.” One awkward silence later, the recruiter looks at me and lets me know that maybe I shouldn’t say that in my next interview…It looks like you just can’t be totally yourself when you’re in an interview, even if you’re being really honest.”

Short Story #5. Memory Muddles

“It was so awkward – It’s like when you’re meeting someone for the first time and you forget what their name is! I was at a networking event, and this recruiter asked me a question. I tried to answer him and rambled on for a minute, but then I just gave up and had to be like “Sir, I’m not exactly sure what you asked.”


And that’s a wrap! Thank you for tuning in to this week’s post from the PCA Spring Forward Series! Stay tuned for next week’s episode: Are You a Spring Breaker?

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