Job interview nightmares

Employers are too narrowminded

Job interview

PJ MACORMAIC

Job hunter PJ Macormaic is finding the interview process frustrating - especially when it's held at a pub.

The nervous gesticulator

hands

DONNA FROST

One prospective employer found Donna Frost to be a little too generous with the gesturing.

Job interview gets personal

Job interview nightmares

MAREE DRUMM

When Maree Drumm interviewed for an office manager role, the questions were about everything but the job.

Right job, wrong interview

office worker

ROBYN MOORE

Robyn Moore thought the job interview was going splendidly, before realising it was for the wrong company.

'I don't employ married women'

wedding rings

SUE WRIGHT

Sue Wright got a shock when the first question at a factory job interview was: 'Are you married?'

Name, experience... weight?

Scales

MARIA KING

Before Maria King had even applied for the job, she was asked for her weight and dress size.

I messed this one up...

Women feel guilty about work-home intrusion - study

KELLY RIGHTON

Kelly Righton got busted getting the inside scoop on her interviewers minutes before the interview.

Give me the job 'I'm awesome'

thumbs up

RACHEL JOHNSON

Caught off guard during an interview, Rachel Johnson blurted out a cheesy line, complete with a cringeworthy thumbs-up.

The creepiest interview ever

creepy motel

It was during an interview with two men in a motel room that she began to feel decidedly uncomfortable.

So, how old are you?

Maternity leave

KATHRYN DAINTY

Kathryn Dainty suspected age discrimination was on the cards when a prospective employer asked how old she was.

A question of sex

Question mark

JAY SMITH

Jay Smith says he always gets nervous in interviews, and that once led to a question heading in the wrong direction.

Sexism rears its ugly head

No means no

I was fresh out of high school when I took what I thought would be a great job - then the sexual remarks started.

This isn't how I normally look

Mascara

DELANEY LANCASTER

After being called to an interview at short notice, Delaney Lancaster regretted the fancy dress outfit she wore that day.

Lessons in image learned

Tie

The job interview went well, only the employer tried hard to scope me out - looking for clothing labels and the kind of car I drive.

Rocking interview tips up

Woman's legs

Dressed to impress for the job interview, I felt quite relaxed leaning back in the chair.

Leave out the loo stories

rose

ANNA LANGLEY

Anna Langley has learnt not to get too comfortable during job interviews, in case a little toilet humour slips out.

It was fine until my pants split

split pants

MARK ANDERSON

Mark Anderson has learned to always carry a sewing kit in case of job interview-related wardrobe malfunctions.

Pulling the rug out - twice

A deeply embarrassed reader tells how she wished she'd checked her CV closer before handing it in.

A Hamilton job candidate is offered two jobs, by the same firm, only to have the offers withdrawn...

Boss too hard to please

Panel interview

TRISHA BROWNE

Trisha Browne says she normally enjoys job interviews but one was particularly unpleasant.

'You'll be abused and sworn at'

angry man

Part way through a job interview, it became clear why there were so many empty desks in the office.

No crop tops here

belly

RHIANNON PHILLIPS

Rhiannon Phillips has a history of job interview fails, from bad shoe choices, to nervous habits and statements.

An expert in pubic relations

A deeply embarrassed reader tells how she wished she'd checked her CV closer before handing it in.

A deeply embarrassed reader tells how she wished she'd checked her CV more closely before handing it in.

Interview nightmare: The spitter

Say it don't spray it

With her job on the line, one Wellington woman gets derailed by her propensity to spit while talking.

God, I can't believe I said that

Interview situation

DONNA FLAWS

Donna Flaws is still embarrassed by a terribly inappropriate comment she made during a job interview.

What do we do here?

question mark

JENNA VAN DER HOORN

Jenna van der Hoorn worked long and hard to prepare for her interview, but forgot one very important bit.

You'll find a hubby in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

TRACY MORRAH

It's not the kind of question you expect to open an interview, but Tracy Morrah handled it with aplomb.

'But I can play the guitar'

Guitar

SONIA SMITH

Sonia Smith found herself playing only one note during a job interview that was well out of tune.

The Pizza Hut moment

pizza hut

BOB AUSTIN

Bob Austin got much less than he expected when he was invited to a job interview over lunch.

Don't insult the interviewer

Job interview

HUGH SMITH

A few years ago, Hugh Smith "put his foot in it" during an interview with a trucking company.

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