6 Real-Life Recruiting Horror Stories2 min read

October 31, 2018 Candidate Experience

For some, Halloween is the most frightening time of the year. But for recruiters, unknown horrors lurk around the corner at any given moment. Here’s a look at six recruiting horror stories where candidates end up scaring themselves out of a job.


On Ask Reddit, hiring managers were asked to share some of their job interview experiences. We’ve rounded up some of the most memorable horror stories straight from the conference room:

1. Hearing voices

No matter the interview, candidates should always strive to make a good impression — maybe just not of Matthew McConaughey. Save the voices for trick-or-treaters.

2. A deadly encounter

If you haven’t met your recruiter in-person, over video interview software or connected with them online, you might not know what they look like. Try not to make your first impression a near-death experience.

3. A true revolutionary

Demonstrating strong leadership qualities can be the sign of a great candidate. Demonstrating strong tendencies to incite mutiny against leadership can be the sign of a candidate that might not play well with others.

4. Slack expert

Giving candidates the chance to ask questions about the role can be a great way to gauge their interest in working with your company. Or, in this case, not working.

5. Bomb squad

Pro tip: tag teams tend to work better in professional wrestling, not professional job interviews.

6. It’s on the resume

This story may have had a different ending if the candidate also read, “How to Get a Job in 21 Days.”

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