Worst Interview/Job Experience: Can You Top Mine?

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I desperately wanted to move to California and I was applying to every job under the Sun. The first call I got sent me through the roof, and it was for a "finance" job but they were very vague about what they actually did.

That was the first red flag.

My naive self hopped on a plane with some of my own money eager as always, got a hotel and all. Well, the so called "finance position" was more of a sales position. More of a humiliating position.

I was all dressed up telling my Uber about how excited I was for the job and he said is it at Costco?

I said no of course not! And he said "Well it kind of looks like it might be". We pulled up into a mall and he was right. Costco.

The job was to stand in front of a product and basically sell to people who would rather die than talk to you. I almost walked out of the interview as soon as I arrived, and when I came home to tell my family and friends about my opportunity, I got to wear the "stupid helmet"

So can anyone top that?

Comments (124)

May 2, 2019

Let's see.

I went to an interview and I was really nervous. I was also wearing a cast on my arm because I fractured it going hiking. I leaned my arm on the table so my cast arm wasn't just floating around and my arm started to slide off the table, my legs got twisted in the chair, and I fell onto the ground. It was so horribly awkward and embarrassing that I went to the "bathroom" and didn't go back.

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May 2, 2019

I was my embarrassed that I spent the money to get a hotel, plane, outfit and uber just to go to Costco. As far as embarrassing myself in the actual interview that didn't happen because I left as soon as I walked in.

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May 2, 2019

Reading this almost made me fall out of my chair lol

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May 3, 2019

Glad our embarrassments got to make someone's day:') at least it wasn't for nothing hahahah

May 3, 2019
santosderu:

Let's see.

I went to an interview and I was really nervous. I was also wearing a cast on my arm because I fractured it going hiking. I leaned my arm on the table so my cast arm wasn't just floating around and my arm started to slide off the table, my legs got twisted in the chair, and I fell onto the ground. It was so horribly awkward and embarrassing that I went to the "bathroom" and didn't go back.

Did it happen only once to you?
I hope you found a good job after this interview:)

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May 7, 2019

Yes, I am at a much better job now. It was embarrassing but worked out for the best.

May 6, 2019

Everything is okey with your arm?

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May 7, 2019

Yes! I just best it up really bad when I was hiking. And 3 days before my interview. Now it is fine though

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May 8, 2019

Actually laughed audibly once I pictured this. Thank you so much.

Funniest
May 2, 2019

Nah you win.

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May 2, 2019

At least I can laugh about it now (sort of)

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May 2, 2019

Hahaha love the spirit. This one was a little out of my control, but the night before a final round interview with a job I was very interested in out of college, I cut about a third of my finger off. Still caught my flight post-op about 12 hours later and showed up. No offer :').

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May 2, 2019

When I was much younger I went to Hollister and applied. They had a position titled Model and I thought I was hot shit. We had a group interview and I thought that 17yo me nailed it. I was so hyped to work as a model at a store where I bought all of my clothes.

It turns out being a model is folding clothes and walking around spraying cologne on fucking everything. I got scheduled for one shift on a two week schedule and didn't bother to show up. Man, I was stupid.

They also call their employees models so that they can discriminate against them.

http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/how-abercrombie-...

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May 2, 2019

Well at least that's flattering to you sort of. Would be worse if they deemed you not good looking enough to walk around folding clothes.

Still better than flying to another state to interview at COSTCO lol

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May 3, 2019
CisSiberianOrchestra:

When I was much younger I went to Hollister and applied. They had a position titled Model and I thought I was hot shit. We had a group interview and I thought that 17yo me nailed it. I was so hyped to work as a model at a store where I bought all of my clothes.

It turns out being a model is folding clothes and walking around spraying cologne on fucking everything. I got scheduled for one shift on a two week schedule and didn't bother to show up. Man, I was stupid.

They also call their employees models so that they can discriminate against them.

http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/how-abercrombie-...

TBH what's worse is to be that one white do standing shirtless outside Hollister o one of those then trendy preppy shops while girls from your high school pass by and giggle at you or your teachers pass by with a cringe look on their faces.

It could be worse!

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May 3, 2019

Lucky for us hollister/Abercrombie lost their mojo not even sure how they r staying afloat lol..... one less humiliating job to b scared by

May 4, 2019

Lmao that's what happened to me at A&F. It said it's a Model/Brand Representative and all I did was pretend to fold clothes.

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May 2, 2019

You definitely win.

However, to rip on myself for a moment. Junior year, I had an interview for a GREAT finance position that I would be lucky to get, and somehow got to the final round of interviews. I studied technicals in and out for days (chugged through one too many 5hour energy shots in the process) until I knew the answer to every technical under the sun (or so I thought).

First question in the interview, I kid you not, what does BMO stand for?

I didn't know.

(Wasn't actually at BMO, but think of a bank that has an acronym for its name).

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May 2, 2019

I had something similar happen to me back 3ish years ago my Sophomore year. Interview went amazing and last question was "what do you like about the culture of the company", I said "I don't know much about the culture".

Was on round 3 out of 4. I'm still waiting to hear back from my thank you and follow up emails.

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May 2, 2019

Its always those questions that come to haunt you.

But yes that whole situation for me was definitely humiliating. It makes a funny story though :')

May 3, 2019

I interviewed for a teller position at US Bank a long time ago and generally botched it/was way underqualified, but they also asked a really dumb question - "What do you know about US Bank?"

Well, buddy, I know I know your tellers all wear the same cheap suits as the tellers at every other bank, and I know I want you to pay my rent.

May 3, 2019

I feel like questions like that are just dumb. Knowing what the acronym stands for does nothing for your ability to do the job, and not knowing it doesn't mean you don't care.

May 4, 2019

Please say it was RBS..

May 5, 2019

Unfortunately not. Although, that might have made me pause in an interview at that age as well haha.

May 2, 2019

This is absolutely amazing. Almost the same thing happened to me my fre3shman summer. It was the same type of set up, a finance position that was vague on details and the company. I didn't really no any better and drove to the interview. I realized it was a subsidiary of a company like Safelight that installs broken windshields. The interview was at a Wal-Mart which strategically had the almost the same address as a group of nice office buildings that were situated behind it. Pulled right out once I saw the demo going on in the Wal Mart parking lot.

May 2, 2019

It happens to the best of us! I wonder if there are any poor suckers that took the job. The moment I can tell a company is being deceitful with me now I steer clear because it will ALWAYS come back to bite you in the a$$

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May 2, 2019

Well when I was very young and naive looking for work during my freshman year summer of HS, I interviewed at Cutco. The interviewer must have thought that his time was incredibly valuable, as he decided to interview two candidates simultaneously in order to have us duke it out over one position. Judging by the mental caliber of the chap interviewing with me, I should have walked out the second the interview began. Every single question required the lowest level of brain power, essentially just common sense. In the end I was given the offer in front of the other candidate, which I quickly declined and walked out. I have never felt so bad for someone else, as this dude was genuinely nice and probably needed the job. Any company that can rationalize interviewing multiple candidates at the same time is not one I was going to work for. The irony is that I was actually nervous going in.

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May 2, 2019

Crazy what authority can do to people's heads that they rationalize trying to get employees this way. On one hand you have people who know I was are a fresh-out-of-high-school student spent hundreds of dollars to fly to a Costco interview, and the other publicly humiliates a group of interviewees.

It is so wrong beyond belief and such a waste of everyone's time

May 3, 2019

At least you were smart enough to walk out of the interview. I sold cutco for longer than I care to admit.

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May 3, 2019

We all have that one job that got us by that wasn't the prettiest.

I worked at a roach infested restaurant for longer than I care to admit hahaha

May 8, 2019

I sold a homemaker set back in college, was my career highlight at the time. Grandma's church friends kept me afloat that summer.

May 3, 2019

To be fair, that's how Bridgewater interviews their candidates. It's not just two people, it's like 10 people and they are expected to argue against each other like some sort of debate competition

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May 3, 2019

That still seems a bit off to me but if it works for them then so be it. I would not want to be a part of that tho haha

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May 3, 2019

Are you saying that two 14 year old kids should be interviewed in the same sort of cutthroat manner that Bridgewater implements? I would argue there is a considerable discrepancy between the two types of roles, and the interview structure should conform to the age and knowledge of the candidates.

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May 3, 2019

Just for laughs, would you share a few of the interview questions they asked you?

May 2, 2019

That was the second interview in my life, the most important one.

I arrived 10 minutes earlier than had been asked to, so I ended up waiting at a conference room for an interviewer to come. I grabbed a bottle of juice and wanted to pour it into a glass, but had been stressed enough to have missed the fucking glass. There were no wipes so I jumped into smearing it all over the table with my hand. Dumb me used the right hand. Later on, I used my stick hand to shake hands with 3 interviewers; luckily, not a single one did say anything. Got the job.

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May 3, 2019

At my current position This one guy used the bathroom and when the interviewer came downstairs to greet him he wiped his hand on his pants and then shook hands.

Then he said don't worry I just washed them..... needless to say he didn't get a call back ahaha

Anyhow that's great you still got it! It was meant to be

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May 2, 2019

I was still in high school and in desperate need of cash for the summer before taking off to college. I got an interview for a "cash compensated associate position" at some company close to my city...or so I thought. When I put the address in the gps the morning of, it was further than I thought. I was doing like 90 on a 60. This was also a construction zone lol sure enough I got pulled over. Also, my license had expired a fucking WEEK before. Fuck it. I got to the office building and there are like 10 other people at the conference table for the "interview." Some asshole in a court date parachute suit then proceeds to walk in and tries to convince everybody in the room why being a salesman for their "revolutionary" humidifiers was the next big thing hahaha walked the fuck out. Later found out my license was suspended...and I had to do a weeks worth of community service to pay a $500 ticket with my jobless ass. Lol ohhh good times

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May 3, 2019

With situations like that the only thing u can say is "it's all a learning experience"

I feel u tho I wasted my time and money and I was embarrassed at myself more than anything!! But I definitely learned about sketchy job postings from it

May 3, 2019

I'm straight laughing my ass off over here........" court date parachute suit". That's some classic shit there.

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May 2, 2019

Not as exciting as these other ones but...

Was my very first IB SA interview and I was basically over the moon and excited as anything given this was sort of a second stage of the interview process after a small event where they introduce the company and give us wine to see how we behave in a not so sober state.

I'm wearing my brand new suit for the first time, walk in, sit down. Huge smile on my face, studies some technicals but not super confident...still feel like I should be good.

VERY first question of the interview - a ridiculous maths question followed by "oh sorry, here you go a piece of paper and a pen, you'll probably need this". My mental maths was nonexistent, I took the pen and paper and just looked at him with the eyes of someone who had just seen a dead person.

Had no idea how to do it, said I have no idea, sorry. He explain to me how to do it and followed on with the interview.

Haven't heard back after the interview and made me think that I'll never get an IB job as obviously the caliber of people needed seems to be miles beyond me.

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May 3, 2019

It's funny how they make people do that just to see them sweat. My sister got a job at a huge tech company and they did an interview with 10 ppl asking her these crazy developer questions and when she left she almost cried. It makes me mad that people take pride in doing that to ppl. But hey you're a certified user so I'm sure you got something much better and my sister ended up getting a better role lol

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May 3, 2019

To be fair, that bank (international) closed its branch locally the very next year. So while the internship would have been good on paper, a full time offer would have not really happened..

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May 7, 2019

These run on sentences are making my head hurt. Forget the math. Just add some punctuation.

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May 3, 2019

I tried for many years to get into IB. Had many informational interviews with partners and MDs that I knew through the grapevine, but the dialogue always petered our very awkwardly when they saw that my alma mater and grades weren't anything special.

Then one day, I was contacted by the global head of HR for a MM IB in NYC, asking me when would be a good time to chat. I was over the moon - finally after years of embarrassment and no success I was getting some traction.

I set up a time and dialed in to speak with an HR rep from the company. The first question she asks me is what groups I am most interested in, and I give her two answers - one that I was very interested in, and one which aligned with my skills in the job I had at the time.

After I said my piece she laughed and told me "That's not going to happen. Those groups have zero interest in hiring a [job I was in at the time]. I would have thrown your resume in the trash if I wasn't told to speak with you, so here we are". She then made some pleasantries about "seeing if she could find someone who would talk with me", and hung up - we never spoke again.

I was absolutely crushed. To go from elated to dejected in the span of 24 hours was one thing. But worst of all, the person who had referred me was a man who I saw frequently, and whose esteem I cared a great deal about. Failing when he put me up to bat filled me with shame.

About a year after that, I received an offer to join a top BB/EB as an IB analyst. Most unexpected of all, while luck played a large role in my transition to banking, I leaned on zero connections or referrals to get my eventual offer. I just worked my ass off in front of the right people and showed them what I knew I had inside me all along, without the expectation that I'd receive anything in return.

Never let someone tell you what you can and cannot do. I am not saying it's easy, but I am saying it's possible, so keep your optimism and don't be deterred from what you really want.

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May 3, 2019

That's great and I'm really happy that worked out for you. That lady is an unprofessional bish.

I'll never get how these ppl get off on making ppl stressed and crushing their spirits.

Totally wrong, but in your case it worked out for the best

May 3, 2019

Good for you. As someone else who had to go through the challenge of lateralling, Lady sounds like a typical ib hr bitch who suffers from what I call gatekeeper syndrome. Gatekeeper syndrome being she almost certainly went to a no name University and has a completely unremarkable background but because she gets to send out the rejections to hungry kids trying to break into ib , she or he has convinced her or himself that she/he is just as "prestigious" as the investment bankers who are actually making the hiring decisions.

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May 3, 2019

She probably assumes she is more prestigious. This is the same syndrome that airport workers and DMV employees have. They can treat anyone like trash bc they decide who gets through. Its bs

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May 3, 2019

Inspiring, man. Congrats

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May 4, 2019

Mind sharing what role you were in at the time?

May 6, 2019

Women like this work in HR all over the Street. These are the same women, mind you, who complain about a culture of 'toxic masculinity' in banking. It turns out, treating people like shit isn't an exclusively male trait. What's more, I suspect that if you asked her about this interaction, she wouldn't remember it. After explaining it the way you just did, she would probably imagine she did you a favor by giving you 'candid' feedback. I think we all know this type of HR lady.

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May 6, 2019

Absolutely true. A recruiter within my current bank explicitly told me (in a very condescending manner) that my background wasn't prestigious enough to interview for cap markets. Wouldn't even send my resume through because "they don't consider applicants from your school".

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May 7, 2019

Speaking of diversity recruiting, that reminds me of one of my favorite hr interactions. So when you get into banking you quickly find out not only does the condescending hr person not only have a completely unjustified sense of arrogance but he or she is almost always completely incompetent and lazy. Anyways hr lady is complaining to an internal round table about the lack of women representation within the bank despite Management's new initiatives. When the bankers unprompted volunteer to go down to campus for extra recruiting events targeting women business clubs, etc. Hr lady then says how she doesn't want to do that because it would require extra work and travel on her part. This despite the bankers already volunteering to reach out to the respective Career centers and business clubs at their alma maters. Hr lady also routinely fucks up basic aspects of the job usually super day and on campus recruiting event logistics. The hr lady in question also likes to ignore emails , from the banking team no less, when we ask for basic info like hey where on campus is the presentation that YOU invited us to. Oh BTW which campus are we supposed to go to because you invited us all to two presentations at the same time at two different schools, oh and if it wouldn't be too much of a pain in the ass could you send over the PowerPoint presentation you want us to talk through.

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May 7, 2019

I am a girl and people in general can just be toxic. I always see "toxic masculinity" posts when in reality women can be way harsher and I have experienced this first hand MANY times.

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May 7, 2019

way to f-cking show the world, you bad mother f-cker!!!!
I love your post Fugue. SB to you, and I wish I could assign you more.
F- yeah!

May 3, 2019

I was desperate for an internship and got a letter from Vector Marketing about a Marketing role. We were moving at the time so I didn't have a chance to look them up and do some research (BIG mistake).

Anyways I went in with my suit and tie on and found an army of people also waiting. Sat through the presentation and all and even "interviewed" and was "offered" a "job."

I walked out and an Indian guy saw me and asked if I was going to be selling knives. He could tell I was bummed out at having been duped so he quickly changed his sarcastic tone to one of serious demeanor and told me to chin up and be careful next time.

Fuck MLMs!

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May 3, 2019

Vector has been duping people for years lol.... which such a bad rep now I'm surprised they stay afloat

May 3, 2019

3rd (final) stage interview for an accounting role at a commodities trader.

The whole thing was about 2 hours, rotating with 30 minutes speaking to the head of risk, which I smashed the bloke was a New Zealander, so we spent about ten minutes talking about the job, the remaining 20 on the Lions Tour.

Next stage was an interview with the group financial controller, a fairly technical interview, but at the time this was something I was good at, so tore through this one with ease.

The third stage was prep for the fourth stage- a case study. You enter, on the desk there is a fairly thick piece of paper, a pad and a pen. Basic scenario about reaching two deadlines and minimising the cost to the firm. I read through the scenario and do some calculations on the paper provided. I've come up with a solution that is the best given what's on the piece of paper. I finished this one a little early, and wonder why there isn't more to it.

On to the fourth stage, the group CFO enters and asks me about my conclusions and to talk through my thought process. I do this, speaking clearly and hitting all my points.

He nods along and then asks... "So what about the second shipment?"
"Pardon me?"
"On the other side of the paper..."
"oh...."

Needless to say I didn't get any further than that. They kept me as a backup in case one of the others didn't accept, but it obviously wasn't to be.

Lessons learned and all that...

May 3, 2019

Thats unfortunate but lesson learned lol. I definitely learned from mine

If you can give input on this discussion I would appreciate it! https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/does-your-r...

May 4, 2019

Wow. Real Life Mr. Bean.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

May 3, 2019

Was wearing a temporary flipper for 3 front teeth (had implants done). Flew out of my mouth right on the table while walking through LBO model.

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May 3, 2019

Oh no...... What happened after that? Did you put it back in lol

May 3, 2019

Holy shit, I have an implant too after an accident as a kid. Still paranoid it going to drop off one day while i'm in public

Cash and cash equivalents: $138,311
Financial instruments and other inventory positions owned: $448,166

May 6, 2019

Oh my godness!!!

May 3, 2019

Yup. Gave them a toothless smile and put it back in. never got a call back .

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May 3, 2019

Well you are a certified 3rd yr Associate so I'm sure you can laugh about it now hahah. If you can give input on this I would appreciate it! https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/does-your-r...

May 3, 2019

Sent you a message

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May 3, 2019

I had a morning interview at a bank last fall that was one of the most embarrassing things in my life. I didn't map out how to get there from my friend's apartment ahead of time, and I had never been on the NYC subway by myself before, so I left too little time to get there. I had to full-on sprint from the subway station, meanwhile looking at Google Maps to find the office. Well, five minutes before the interview, my phone died because it was cold outside and I still hadn't gotten there (HR had left me a voicemail but I didn't get it until later). I ended up walking in two minutes to spare, but I took the wrong elevator bank, so I arrived on the group's floor a minute late. HR thought I wasn't coming, so they didn't pick me up from the waiting area. When people finally realized, my first interview had already ended, and it was with the MD.

I did the other two interviews that were scheduled, thinking I had blown it. As I was leaving, the MD caught me and interviewed me for five minutes during someone else's scheduled interview. Later that day, I somehow received an offer. I thought it was a joke. The interview still haunts me to this day...

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May 3, 2019

Well if you received an offer theres still a happy ending and for a legit job too. Sucks that that happened tho. I live in CA but I live in NY until I was 16 and the subway has given me MANY similar stories.

I fell asleep in it once and woke up on the wrong side of Harlem lol. now THAT was terrible

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May 6, 2019

Last summer I took a special one day trip to NYC to learn how the city works (and because I had an airline voucher that was about to expire). Had I been there for an interview I most certainly would not have made it but fortunately, I had good experiences on the subway.

Being from a town 90 miles from any other in rural Oregon (with a population under 50k) the city sure is different. Nice to see other people on here that are not from cities.

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May 3, 2019

I was working as a business broker - selling $5-10mm businesses and wanted to move up stream. I landed a phone interview at a NYC BB IB firm and the first 5 minutes was all about fit and personality and it went great. Once we started talking about technicals, it started to go downhill and fast. At the time I knew finance and accounting and basic DCF but, complex LBO and merger models were foreign to me. I screwed up and didn't even think to study stuff I didn't know about. I just assumed I could "learn on the job" in which is what I've always done... The VP that was interviewing me ripped me 2 or 3 new assholes. It was brutal. I was sweating, stuttering, and just an overall fool. Halfway through the conversation I mentally gave up and just started writing down every question that was asked. I kept asking for more questions until the interviewer shut it down and said "you cant answer anything I'm asking you, what is another question going to do?" Well, I created a catalog of questions that I studied for the next interview I landed (at another BB IB) and aced it. Got the job. All ended well but, I still feel like a dumbass.

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May 3, 2019

Everybodys gotta learn somewhere haha. Nothing teaches you like getting put on the spot. It is truly a disturbing but humbling experience, and I have had a lot of those myself

May 6, 2019

All things considered, that was well played

May 3, 2019

MBA IB recruiting was a cluster

After a great fit-focused 1st round with a BB that i had already developed great relationships through the "coffee chat" process.

Interviewer: "Okay, I have to ask you 1 technical, what factors contribute to WACC?"

Me: "Cost of Equity, Cost of Debt, weighted by their relative percentage of the cap structure"

Interviewer: "Anything else?"

Me: " I mean...hard eyeroll, preferred stock can be included if its a factor"

Interviewer "...anything else?"

Me: "Nope"

Interviewer: "Tax?"

Me: "....."

Guy was trying to hand me the job and I batted it away.

Another story I heard was a kid screwed up a technical, then asked "I'm a little disappointed with how I performed, could I have another technical?" The interviewer really liked the move, asked him another...and he fucked that up too.

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May 3, 2019

After graduating from undergrad at a Big 10 school, I landed a job with a large Chicago trading firm. I was ecstatic... But the starting pay as a trading asisstant was not exactly F you money. The comp structure was low salary, and high bonus. I had bills that couldn't wait until the following March for bonus time, so I decided to get a part time job. I was looking for something that I could do a few nights a week, and some weekends. I bartended in college, so this was my first inclination, but I really could not be out until 2-3am when I was getting into the office at 645am.

So I found an ad for front desk person at a local motel (yeah, with an "M") near O'Hare. It was the esteemed Excel Inn, and it was relatively near where I was living at the time. Morever, they were looking for someone to work only 15-20 hours per week during the 5-11pm shift - so I thought this could work well.

I ran out of my trading job to go to the interview, and made it in time. My interview with the Manager, Brian - who looked like a chain-smoking Kenny G - was in an actual motel room. He sat at the desk chair and I sat on the bed. It was not really much of an interview - mostly a few basic scenarios about giving good customer service.

I figured I would get it .. I mean what exactly were they looking for? I was a college grad with a BS in Economics & Finance. I wasn't a drug addict, didn't have a parole officer or any pending judgments, I would clearly be reliable, what more did they need?

Didn't hear anything for a week .. 2 weeks .. I decided to follow up. Brian wouldn't take my call personally, but someone called me back and explained that I just didn't seem to be "Excel Inn material" .... Tough but fair?

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May 3, 2019

They interviewed you on a bed?! I'd be insulted if they found me to be "excel material".

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May 6, 2019

"Excel inn material" lmao you didn't seem like a sleezy chain smoking apathetic host

May 8, 2019

I think it was basically a casting couch moment and you missed his cues, sorry man

May 8, 2019

hahahaha ..

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May 3, 2019

As my honours year was coming to an end I got in touch with some recruiters to help in getting the right position.
As I go through the standard discussions with them of where I see myself and what I'd like to do (IB, risk, etc) they put me in touch with some interesting companies
One recruiter calls me with a position in risk at the largest local retailer (I'm in South Africa fyi), so I'm intrigued.
Naturally I show up full suit and tie, but before I can enter the building I need to put on a hard hat and reflective vest. I'm skeptical but still optimistic, until I actually enter the building.
Not a single other suit and tie in sight but rather safety boots and hi-viz for as far as your eyes can see. Turns out the position is for literal physical risk, health and safety officer..and if that wasn't enough, it was a night shift position.

Anyone can watch Bruce Lee movies but doesn't mean they know karate

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May 3, 2019

Haha omg that's funny af. I would blame the recruiter for that tho.

Did u end up just walking out?

May 4, 2019

Yeah that recruiter was useless, the guy doing the interview and I basically had a laugh about it and that was that. Haven't worn a hard hat since haha

Anyone can watch Bruce Lee movies but doesn't mean they know karate

May 4, 2019

Shit just happened today.

Leave my house as I commonly work from home, had to go to the UPS store to print resumes as the recruiter said the VP I was seeing was "old school" and wanted to see resumes there.

So I hop on the train and get to a WeWork in Times Square (terrible location, I hate times square tourists). I sign in, they call the company a few times and let me up.

I'm waiting on one of the floors WeWork when the recruiter calls and says she's so sorry but the VP I was supposed to meet had a family emergency and had to step out and let's reschedule for Monday.

No one from the company came out to say anything. I grab some coffee, and then head home.

No one from the company even came to talk to me for 15 minutes even though I made a trek into Midtown just for this.

I would probably not take the next interview except the pay is more than I would be earning other places.

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May 4, 2019

Not sure if ur interview was with we work or if you were just going to have the interview in one of their locations but they have a notoriously bad track record. If it was for them I would 100% steer clear

May 4, 2019

No it was for a company that works out of the WeWork.

They have a small Manhattan presence (HQ in Connecticut) and some people work from home sometimes so I'm guessing it doesn't warrant actual office space.

Pissed but it was a third party recruiting firm so I can understand how things like that can happen.

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May 4, 2019

i can top it but not going to share the story unless this comment gets 100 upboats

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May 4, 2019

You win, but I interviewed for a BO "consulting" job once that paid 40k in jacksonville where the MD went to a semi-target only marginally better than mine (think vanderbilt versus Carnegie Mellon or Tufts), said he mainly hired from the ivy league so that it would be a long shot for me (would have gotten this job if I had a pulse and could tolerate his verbal abuse), and that since I was already making 50 I was overpaid and that wasn't sustainable for my career long term. Suffice to say I declined to continue.

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May 4, 2019

DB Jax?

May 4, 2019

No pretty sure DB was their main client though. This was the work even ops and compliance at DB didn't want to do.

May 5, 2019

When I was in high school, I was trying to get a job/internship in anything related to finance. I saw a local financial services firm was hiring an intern for "operations". I thought, "Ok, this will be a chance for me to learn a lot about different products and I can be ahead of the game for college."

I showed up in a suit and was directed to two individuals who were very underdressed and didn't appear to be brokers or sales people. Turns out this operations internship was a janitorial role. Cleaning desks, vacuuming, the likes.

I asked if there was any opportunities to work with the brokers, etc. and the response was "No, but when you are cleaning near their desk you can listen in and talk to them, so you might be able to learn that way."

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May 24, 2019

I had a similar experience. Went for an internship at a local commercial bank and the manager said my responsibilities would be making photocopies and I could learn from what I read off those.

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May 25, 2019

At least that didn't involve cleaning toilets... lol

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May 6, 2019

First internship after freshman year, working for a PWM team in the Southeast where I went to school. I come from the West and was pretty unfamiliar with southern ettiquette, and my interviewer is late 30s, stone-faced and talks with a thick southern drawl. First question she asks me I'm nervous and say "yes ma'am," and she looks me dead in the eyes and saws "Don't ma'am me again," and continued on.

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May 6, 2019

I interviewed in London at a bulge bracket European investment bank, for a super day.
Good interviews all morning, and it seemed likely from the vibe I'd get the offer.
After lunch, my interview was with the group head MD.
I go to his office. There's a tray near the table with a glass bottle of water, with one of those clasp-type seals on top.

"Want some water?"
"Sure."
"Well, go get it yourself."

I popped the cap, and was soaked head to toe in seltzer water.

Mo-fo must have spent 10 minutes just shaking the shit out of that seltzer water (which looked just like still water in the glass bottle).

I still had other interviews after, but now I was drenched, and still had my interview with him, soaking wet.

I thought at the time he was just pranking me to test my sense of humor.

Later I found out he was a grade-A sociopath that no one wanted to work with, and who made my life Hell.

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May 7, 2019

I can't top your story, but I had a phone interview about 2 years ago for an internship at a well known financial services firm. It was for a summer program and I was elated I got the call (I knew someone there which helped but at that time I didn't think it would go through). We had homecoming at my school that weekend, but I decided to go home to have a shot at nailing this interview.

Anyways, I come back to school and get ready for the call. She calls me, and not 2 minutes later am I told that this is for a Diversity Program. I was not aware and I did not qualify, so that was the end of the call (I went back and read the job description over and over again but didn't see any mention of it). I was so disappointed.

I actually saw my friend I knew a few days later and when he asked how it went and I told him what happened, even he was confused and said he wasn't aware of that either. Can't win them all...

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May 8, 2019
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May 19, 2019