Interview nightmares: The spitter

Last updated 09:30 16/11/2012

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Our team was being restructured, which meant I had to re-interview for my own role. I thought I had it in the bag.

The interview was going well. Unfortunately, I have the tendency to spit when I talk when I get over-excited.

I was sitting less than half a metre away from my general manager and about halfway through a question, out of nowhere, this small ball of spit exited my mouth and landed on his shoulder.

There was dead silence for a good 30 seconds. No-one acknowledged what had happened and we moved on.

When he asked the second question, I was still in such shock from the spitting incident I said:

"Hmmmm, let me think about that."

Thirty  seconds later:

"I'm sorry, what was the question again?"

It was all downhill from there. I got flustered, couldn't remember any work examples and I could barely string a sentence together. Needless to say, I didn't get my role back.

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