Ten Stupid Ways to Fail Your Job Interview

Ten Stupid Ways to Fail Your Job Interview

After weeks of job hunting and searching through thousands of job vacancies, editing your CV for each individual job and writing targeted covering letters you finally land the all important interview for your dream job. Don’t mess up your job interview by making these 10 stupid mistakes that will ensure you fail your job interview.

  • 1. Farting During the Interview

We all get nervous during job interviews including celebrities and even the wife of ex-presidents. Hilary Clinton during an interview didn’t realise how sensitive her microphone was when she accidentally farted during her TV interview – we don’t know if this embarrassing mistake was due to a bad diet or bad nerves



  • 2. Telling Big Fat Lies

Job hunters often stretch the truth during job interviews to gain the upper hand over other job applicants, but Callie Armstrong took it one step too far when she lied at about being Jewish and being able to speak Hebrew! It paid off though as she was not only offered a job but a year later married one of the Jewish graduates from the school where she secured work, which meant she had to convert to Judaism. But when did she tell the groom about the lie, before or after the wedding?



  • 3. Agreeing with everything the interview says even the Lie’s on your CV

Jen from the IT Crowd got stuck after lying on her CV about her IT skills and was offered the IT management job. Explaining later during to the interviewer “I’ve got a lot of experience with the computer…thing, you know e-mails…, sending e-mails, receiving e-mails,…deleting e-mails, I could go on…”



  • 4. Using an Over Creative Video CV

You need your CV or Resume to stand out from the crowd, but Barnaby from How I Met Your Mother took this a little to far as you see him flying airplanes, driving monster trucks and parachuting off cliffs to the soundtrack “I’m so Awesome”



  • 5. Arriving to the Job Interview with a Cockatoo on Your Shoulder

Some job hunters really don’t understand the importance of the first impression, especially one guy who attended a job interview with a cockatoo on his shoulder. Robert Half completed a recent survey on outstanding interview mistakes and outrageous interview blunders



  • 6. Wearing your PJ’s to the Interview

According to a recent survey of more than 670 HR managers many job hunters don’t understand the importance of wearing smart attire during the interview, with some interviewees arriving at the interview dressed in their nightwear, thankfully this was PJs and slippers and not boxer shorts and socks



  • 7. Giving Joke Answers to Serious Questions

Some interviewers want to stand out from the crowd, instead of asking about your experience, qualifications or what can you bring to the organisation? They will ask dumb questions such as “if you were a cookie what cookie would you be?” don’t get caught out by thinking this is a joke question responding with a joke answer such as a “A smart cookie” read more about dumb interview questions and answers on the link below



  • 8. Not Thinking About your Interview Answers

I love hearing funny responses to interview questions, some interviewees are so nervous during the Q&A section of the interview that they respond to interview questions with the first thought that pops into their head; one guy was asked “why do you want to work here” and responded with “because I fancy the girl in reception” another applicant in a sales interview was asked how he would handle a difficult client? He told the interviewer he had the perfect solution – wrestle his clients to the ground instead of trying to work out any differences.



  • 9. Don’t Go To an Interview Drunk

No matter what you do wrong to prepare for an interview don’t go out drinking until 5 in the morning before your job interview as “the speakman” can confirm that no matter how many cups of coffee you drink you will still feel absolutely hammered. This unlucky guy not only had to attend a face to face interview while drunk, but had to complete a number of IQ and maths test that lasted all day. With an oncoming hangover, the interviewee was secretly hoping he would fail each stage of the interview process so he could grab a quick taxi home and straight to bed, but luckily or unluckily he passed each stage of the interview process even though his breath smelt of kebab and his stomach felt like it was ready to explode



  • 10. Don’t get Arrested During the Job Interview

One sure way to guarantee you don’t receive a job offer during a job interview is when you get arrested for murder between answering questions. An unnamed girl accused of murdering two young men, was wanted by police who could not locate her, but they knew that the girl had a job interview due and waited for the girl to attend the job interview before arresting her – to the surprise of the interviewees


You can fail your job interview in many stupid ways with most popular way being, interviewees not practising the interview questions. You can now learn the Killer Answers to Tricky Questions.

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10 thoughts on “Ten Stupid Ways to Fail Your Job Interview

  1. It’s hard to believe that people are this clueless. I’d like to think that their nerves get the best of them, but I’ve always been compassionate. I used to think these stories had to be made up, until I chatted with a recruiter at a networking event. Yikes! Lots of good advice here. Thanks for the great post! BTW, a tiny correction for #4, the character on How I Met Your Mother is Barney, not Barnabas.


  3. Hi Jalleh

    Thank you for your comment. Interview nerves play a big part in the job interview I have worked with clients who have an impressive CV, the experience and qualifications required for the position but in the job interview they fall apart I can’t answer any questions properly. If you click the NLP link on the blog there is a large amount of techniques for boosting your interview confidence, also if you live in Manchester we are running a confidence building course this year http://www.employmentking.co.uk/coaching/confidence-building-course/ hope this helps

    Employment King

  4. I find it is easier to get the job when you don’t really want it! I guess because I am more relaxed.

    Do people really go to job interviews drunk?

  5. Hi Mandy

    As strange as it sounds people have attended interviews drunk! A couple of years back we completed a survey why people didn’t secure job offers at interviews, and one reason was people putting something in place so they don’t lose face when they don’t receive the job offer. A couple of people would have a drink before an interview, so when they told their friends they didn’t get the job they could say “it must of been the drink I had” this would get a couple of laughs, and change the conversation from not getting the job, what a crazy guy you are. People often put blocks in the way and often these are unconscious, like the interviewees who catch the last minute bus and then can’t attend the interview because there late – deep down does this person want the job? Or are they really scared of rejection?

    Like you, most people perform better in a job interview when they have a job this is because having a job release the pressure – if you’re not recruited it doesn’t matter as much as you can still pay your bills. For many unemployed people, they feel they have to get this job offer or they could lose their house etc, this leads to pressure, pressure and pressure which leads to a poor interview performance

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