Dumbest Reason for a Rejection?
I know oftentimes we are left feeling confused as to why we didnt get an offer (i.e., nailed the technicals, connected with the interviewees, etc.), but what was the most bizarre reason you ever got rejected?
When I was a UG student, Key Banc reached out for anin one of their shit tier cities (think it was Minneapolis) and asked if I was interested. I didnt have anything lined up at the time so I figured why not take the call. I was interviewing a fair amount and at this point had never been dinged first round (was like 12/12 for making it to the second round). After all, the first round is usually just tell me about yourself and why IBD, so I figured it would be easy.
About 20 out of 30 minutes through the call, the Analyst asks me something and I respond with an answer that gives away my age (was on the 5 year track for UG due to switching majors). He immediately asks what year I graduated high school to confirm I was not graduating on time, not even slightly subtle about it. I respond honestly, admitting to being 22 as a junior. He then says, "thanks for your time, we'll be in touch."
Of course never heard from him again.
To this day I think it is so petty that I was dinged for being marginally older (its not like I was 30 as a junior in UG).
Anyone else get flat out rejected for a preposterous reason?