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Jon interview nightmares: Don't insult the interviewer

HUGH SMITH
Last updated 05:00 19/10/2012
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A few years ago I wanted to change jobs and applied for a job with a very big trucking company as a financial analyst.

The job was to sort through all their financial data and suggest ways to make more money. I got an interview and happily showed up in a suit on the day.

Things were going very well and I was getting on well with the woman interviewing me right to the point that she asked me why I thought I could do the job since I didn't have an accounting degree.

Now I had thought this might come up, so I leaned back in my chair a bit and replied: "it's really not that hard, it's just crunching numbers in and out and writing reports.

"In fact, to tell you the truth, accountants are a bit over-rated. It is not actually that difficult."

To which she replied, "Really? I'm the company accountant".

I stumbled through the rest of the interview and funnily enough never heard from them again.

My only regret is that I didn't just take my foot out of my mouth, apologise, and leave straight away so I didn't waste any more of either of our time.

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