Have you ever had an interview and thought to yourself, I really can't be bothered with this at all?

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#1

I imagine, this being dis, that we all have at some point.


#2

Yes, I got the job. The job had the same effect.


#3

yeah, it’s not a good sign, sure it’s not?


#4

Yeah, an interview for an internal promotion, that the boss had already told me they didn’t think I was suited for, but with a subtle implication that maybe I should apply anyway to show ambition. Was a disaster (absolutely impossible to bullshit about the past few years when they were present for all of it). Just flat out shrugged for some of the questions. Was a good impetus to get out of there though.


#5

Once or twice, but I’ll always act enthusiastic. I have a mate who is hilarious in these situations. He’s stopped people midway through the interview before and said “Sorry to waste your time, but I’m not really up for this”.


#6

I’ve done that once because I could tell it was going really badly. Said something along the lines of ‘I think we’ll leave it at that’, then got up, shook their hands and left.


#7

Replace “interview” with literally everything, and yes. Yes, I have.


#8

Haha. Respect.


#9

I used to be able to push on through and act enthusiastically but I really don’t know if I can anymore. The last one I was at a few involved a technical test at the end of it. The initial interview felt like it went really well, although i realised that the job wasn’t for me. When they said that it was time for the test I realised that I’d forgotten about it and my heart sank a bit (I hadn’t really prepared). I really should’ve just cut it short at that point.


#10

I did have one interview where I was left sitting in reception for AGES. So I just walked out.


#11

I had this once, so I cancelled the interview the day before. Felt very satisfying.


#12

Went for a job that I was perfectly qualified for and had the right experience, passed the two written tests and then had a verbal test in the interview. Everything was going really well up to that point but I crashed out at the verbal test stage as I’d been reading up on the wrong thing. I also had no idea how to answer when asked about a problem I’d successfully dealt with in the workplace as I’d been self-employed since I finished uni apart from a kitchen job.

I’d already found out during the written tests that I’d need to move to Luxembourg for up to seven years which I wan’t up for, so couldn’t really be arsed with it anyway after that


#13

Almost a decade ago I returned to my hometown and developed something of an alcohol problem. Anyways, I was signing on for a while and as part of their commitment to getting people from the Workfare scheme, the new Poundland was only offering interviews to people on benefits.

I turned up about 10 minutes late in a purple shirt about 3 sizes too small with my gut poking out between the buttons, bleary-eyed and absolutely stinking of stale booze and garlic.

My hope was that they’d just tell me to go home, but the guy proceeded to grill me on why I thought I deserved a shot at working at his pound shop, and what made me stick out from the rest of the candidates.

I don’t think I’ve ever been less arsed about an interview.


#14

Yes


#15

7 years?


#16

what a story


#17

Yes, because both interviewers were absolute arseholes. They were doing the whole “let’s make this person really uncomfortable to see how they react” shtick* and I couldn’t be arsed with it.

I turned down the second interview (because I got a job offer somewhere else the same day) and they got really offended by that and kept badgering me to explain why. I didn’t return those calls.

I was meant to be coming up against one of those interviewers on the other side to a hearing in a few months, but he’s since left the company. Gutted. I put so much work into the written submissions to make him look like a dick.

*I know someone else who interviewed there and the interviewer said to her “I don’t think your choice of the contraceptive pill as an important invention of the 20th century is a good one, because it only affects half of the population.” Twaaaaaaat.


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#18

Did you get the job?


#19

Almost a decade to the day, I’m now assistant to the regional manager.


#20

I think those pound places must be desperate, my mate got offered the managers job there once without even an inteview