16 Times People Walked Out Of A Job Interview For Valid Reasons

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Finding a job can be an incredibly difficult process, and often, just landing an interview can feel impossible. Getting an interview itself can be a huge weight lifted off knowing that they've made a good impression. But, interviews are a two-way street, and often, interviewees can tell right away if the place they're in is somewhere they'd actually like to work. Redditor u/JimmySaulGene asked: "People who walked out of a job interview, why did you do it?" and the responses had us cheering them on.


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    299 VOTES

    Being Told They Are 'Not Worth' A Certain Pay

    From Redditor u/weirdkid71:

    Third and final interview (all same day) at a tech company. First two went well and I was told this last one just was a formality - they wanted me to join.

    Interview with the head of the office guy seemed to start well. We walked to the cafeteria, grabbed a couple coffees, and with some small talk we learned we knew some of the same people. We get back to his office and sit down. He looks at my file, “It says here you’re looking for [certain salary].” I said yes, and explained it’s really close to market for someone with my skills and experience. He looks at me and says, “I don’t think you’re worth it.” I said “Excuse me?” He repeated it. I laughed, grabbed my bag, stood up, thanked him for his time and walked out.

    The company went out of business like a year later, so I feel I dodged a bullet there.

  • 2
    356 VOTES

    Manager Was A Half Hour Late And Didn't Believe In Specialists

    From Redditor u/Karbar049:

    I'm a vet tech. Interviewed at a primary care, single doctor practice. The manager was over 25 minutes late to my interview. While I waited for her, the front desk staff ignored me while they talked crap about the techs, manager, and clients. The manager said they did not believe in referring to any specialists, because, "Dr. A is a specialist in everything from grizzly bears to canaries." He was not, he hadn't even done a rotating internship and definitely had not done any type of residency program.

    I had already worked in a toxic clinic, but at least the doctors were competent. When she asked if I had any questions, I just asked if I could have my resume back, so I didn't waste the paper.

    From Redditor u/reversespooks:

    Power move for asking for your resume back.

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    445 VOTES

    They Were Left Stuck In The Stairwell

    From Redditor u/SnowMiser26:

    I wasn't informed about the evidently very strict building security prior to the interview. The front door was practically unmarked, and you had to swipe a card to get in, but there was no intercom. The elevator required a card as well, but the stairs didn't. HOWEVER, no one informed me that the stairwells are locked from the outside, meaning I was locked in the stairwell with no way to get out.

    I called the recruiter over and over, and even called the front desk, but they just kept putting me on hold instead of sending someone to let me in at the correct floor. I ended up getting a call from the recruiter while STILL STUCK IN THE STAIRWELL telling me they would not be going forward with the interview because I was late.

    I almost screamed, and asked her as calmly as I could manage if she had gotten any of the messages I left for her letting her know I was presently stuck in the stairwell with no way to get out. She said she hadn't, and said it was too late anyway because they had gone with another candidate. She almost hung up before I could yell (probably too loudly), "THEN CAN SOMEONE PLEASE COME FREE ME FROM THE STAIRWELL SO I CAN LEAVE??"

    They sent security to get me, and I was treated terribly as I was led from the building. I have never been so confused, humiliated, and angry in my entire life. I left them a scathing review on Glassdoor.

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    276 VOTES

    Interviewer Bragged About How The Job Has No Breaks

    From Redditor u/Balrog229:

    Showed up and the manager practically bragged about how the job offered no breaks for an 8-10 hour shift, and if there was a food break it would be 5 mins max at a hip-height table with no chairs. She said that you’d be fired if you sat down even for 30 seconds.

    I'm more than capable of doing that. I did that every day at my last job. But when you brag about how your employees are so over-worked that they don’t get breaks or an option to rest their legs, it tells me all I need to know about how little you value your employees. I should also note that this job wasn’t paying exceptionally well. Above minimum wage, but not at a level that was even enough to live on.

    From Redditor u/fkaadi:

    That sounds like a joke. Glad that you were able to nope outta there, it must suck to be an employee there.

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    303 VOTES

    Asked To Pretend They Were A Flower Opening

    From Redditor u/neolabaque:

    Applied for a software developer position for an online retailer. First round of interviews was a traditional technical skills and whiteboard coding session, second round was a cultural fit interview with HR. I assumed it would be an one on one interview with HR, it was a room with 20 something people applying for anything from legal to finance.

    They asked us to stand up, then crawl into a ball and pretend we were flowers opening. At this point I honestly thought it was some kind of prank, then I saw everybody around me doing it. I just said thanks for the opportunity and left.

    From Redditor u/TheMarketLiberal93:

    Totally get “will you do literally anything we ask of you?” vibes from this. I wonder what sort of sketchy sh*t they were up to.

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    277 VOTES

    Being Told They Weren't Qualified When They Clearly Were

    From Redditor u/RumBunBun:

    Years ago, I went to an interview, and sat down with the man who was to interview me. Sat in silence while he read something on his computer for a few minutes, then waited for a minute or so while he looked over my resume (it was a small business, he is the same person who called me to set up the interview and he’d had the resume for a few days.)

    He finally looked up at me and said, “Well, I’m not sure why you applied for this job; you really don’t have any of the skills or experience I’m looking for.” He was just so arrogant and I felt like he was trying to make a power move to make a lowball offer. I didn’t apply to any job that I wasn’t qualified for. I was just instantly p*ssed that he was playing games. I calmly said, “Then I’m not sure why you‘re wasting my time,” and I stood and walked to the door. He said something like, “Oh, no, let’s talk,” and I told him I wasn’t interested in working for him.