What are some interesting interview stories from people who got a job when they had no relevant work experience?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Alfie Young



What are some interesting interview stories from people who got a job when they had no relevant work experience?

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This is embarrassing to share ... but what the heck. I can almost GUARANTEE this will be one of the worst jobs ever! In the summer after I graduated from high school, I worked for a turkey processing plant. (Yes, where the farm turkeys were going to be turned into turkeys that came to your Thanksgiving tables.) My job was to test the sauce packets that went into the turkeys to see if they had a tight seal. Indeed, I spent the ENTIRE DAY squeezing packets of sauce. And what did I get when I found the ones that were below par ???? I was rewarded with a face, a shirt, and a lap full of frozen sauce. T

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This is embarrassing to share ... but what the heck. I can almost GUARANTEE this will be one of the worst jobs ever! In the summer after I graduated from high school, I worked for a turkey processing plant. (Yes, where the farm turkeys were going to be turned into turkeys that came to your Thanksgiving tables.) My job was to test the sauce packets that went into the turkeys for an airtight seal. Indeed, I spent the ENTIRE DAY squeezing packets of sauce. And what did I get when I found the ones that were below par ???? I was rewarded with a face, a shirt, and a lap full of frozen sauce. However, that wasn't the worst part, believe it or not.

To keep the sauce at a certain temperature, we had to keep it on ice, which we would get from the "ice room". The ice room was a HUGE room filled with ice (go figure, huh?) That had an auger running through the middle of the floor. This bit created an ice "tunnel" as it would move the ice from the bottom, but sometimes the rest would not fall off. Guess what his crazy solution was? Every once in a while, we had to ENTER this ICE-FILLED room with a PITCHFORK, walk INTO the ice tunnel and JAB on the ice above our heads until it started to sink into the auger again (GENIUSES came up with that solution.) One day While performing this RIDICULARLY dangerous task, I was hit on the head by a falling chunk of ice and it drove me "crazy." I went to the doctor and they placed me "

They gave me a chair and unceremoniously placed me in the position where trucks full of turkeys were coming in. Now to help you understand the next part, I have to give you a little information about the plant process. The trucks would enter the facility and at this point a team of people would remove the turkeys from their cages into the trucks and place them at their feet in some type of stirrup like an outfit that was attached to a mechanism that would carry them through the plant. . From there, they would visit each station and go through the whole process.

The FIRST part of what made this so bad is that it was sitting RIGHT NEXT to the people who were getting the turkeys out of the truck. The turkeys weren't happy. They would be flapping wildly as they ripped them off; spewing feathers, dirt, and worst of all, turkey feces all over the clothes and face in my office. (I told you it was bad). And I don't know if you realize it (or maybe I was exceptionally PUNKISH) but turkeys can be a bit big and intimidating! They would be scratching and clawing and pecking ... wow!

And even THAT wasn't all that made this job so horrible. Do you want to know what they put me there for? Sometimes, after going through the entire plant, the FEET of the turkeys would stay in the stirrups. My job? My job was to sit there, next to a trash can, scoop the leftover turkey legs out of the stirrups and throw them in the trash.

Imagine a 17/18 year old, fresh out of high school, covered from head to toe in turkey feathers, dirt and feces, pulling turkey legs out of stirrups and tossing them into a can and you just had a glimpse of hell .

How do you PUT that on a resume?!?! What is the job title? "Turkey foot remover" ??? I have a better one for you. How about: "The worst ... job ... of all time!"

I joined the Air Force shortly after.

In Norway we have a multi-million dollar hotel chain called Petter Stordalen.

When he was in his early twenties, he had just finished business school. Somehow he got an interview to be the first CEO of a new large shopping center in Trondheim, one of the largest cities in Norway.

He was in Trondheim early for the interview and took a walk around town. He started talking to an older man, who asked him what he was doing in Trondheim. He answered confidently that he was going to be the new CEO of the city's new shopping center.

When he finally got to the interview, it was with a group of stiff old buses.

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In Norway we have a multi-million dollar hotel chain called Petter Stordalen.

When he was in his early twenties, he had just finished business school. Somehow he got an interview to be the first CEO of a new large shopping center in Trondheim, one of the largest cities in Norway.

He was in Trondheim early for the interview and took a walk around town. He started talking to an older man, who asked him what he was doing in Trondheim. He answered confidently that he was going to be the new CEO of the city's new shopping center.

When he finally got to the interview, it was with a group of stiff old businessmen. In the middle of the group sat the older gentleman whom he met in the center.

He made such a good impression that he got the job, despite his young age. Quite a success story after that.

After years in the retail business, running several shopping centers and making them profitable, he ended up saving one of Norway's oldest department stores after its bankruptcy.

Due to differences of opinion with a major shareholder, he was expelled and awarded 300 million kronor for his shares in the company. He used this to buy a dilapidated old hotel and started his empire, in a new field he knew nothing about.

Its hotel chain is now one of the largest in Norway, with hotels in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and even a few other countries. He usually does a trick when he opens a new hotel, like zip-lining from the hotel's 15-story roof.

All these incidents actually happened ...

1.An applicant said she was a "people person", not a "numbers person", in her interview for an accounting position.

2. The candidate told the interviewer that he was fired from his last job for hitting his boss.

3. The applicant smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.

4. One candidate asked for a cup of water, took a sip, put it in his mouth, and spat into a pot.

5. Prospect said, "Seven handicap parking spaces next to the front door? What, do you have a wheelchair convention or something?"

6.When asked if he had experience w

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All these incidents actually happened ...

1.An applicant said she was a "people person", not a "numbers person", in her interview for an accounting position.

2. The candidate told the interviewer that he was fired from his last job for hitting his boss.

3. The applicant smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.

4. One candidate asked for a cup of water, took a sip, put it in his mouth, and spat into a pot.

5. Prospect said, "Seven handicap parking spaces next to the front door? What, do you have a wheelchair convention or something?"

6. When asked if he had experience with a certain programming language, the interviewee said, "I don't know, is it on my resume?" as he leans in to look at his own resume.

The interviewee leaned back in the chair, put his feet on the desk and proceeded to tell me that he wanted more money than the position offered, but that he did not like to work very much, so he needed Fridays off and only wanted to work 4-5 hours the rest of the days.

8. The candidate left his cell phone on and received a call during the interview.

9. The applicant asked to see the interviewer's resume to see if the personnel executive was qualified to interview him.

10. The candidate walked to the interview on a hot day and was interviewed while sweating profusely.

11. The interviewee brought a friend (without confirming first), mentioned that her friend was addicted to drugs, so she would definitely have to stay "for a few paychecks".

12. The interviewee told me that he had worked in a gym and said that he had trouble cleaning blood and semen in saunas.

13. The candidate sent a text message by cell phone during the interview.

14. Prospect reeked of alcohol.

15. A large drop of slime came out of the candidate's mouth as he listened to a question.

16. The candidate wore shorts and sandals, and a baseball cap.

17. When asked if there was anything else he wanted to say to the interviewer, the applicant said, "Well ma'am, I have never killed anyone before."

18. An applicant sang all the answers to the interview questions.

19. A candidate, when asked if he was ever convicted of a felony, replied: "No, I was not convicted, I was found guilty."

20. A job applicant challenged the interviewer to an arm fight.

21. The interviewee used a walkman, and explained that she could listen to the interviewer and the music at the same time.

22. The candidate fell and broke his arm during the interview.

23. Candidate announced that he had not had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and fries in the interviewer's office.

24. The candidate explained that her long-term goal was to replace the interviewer.

25.Candidate said he never finished high school because he was kidnapped and kept in a closet in Mexico.

26.Balding's candidate apologized and returned to the office a few minutes later with a hairpiece.

Not the best I can say. But I would like to share the experience.

After the introductory part, the round of technical interviews lasted around 45 minutes. At that moment, the interviewer received a call from abroad. Actually, it was a conference call. They told me to sit outside when my technical round was over. I assumed the interview was almost over. The teleconference lasted between 35 and 40 minutes. Now I had another friend of mine who had also come to give the interview. I was totally relaxed and cheering for my friend even though my interview had gone very well (not very well).

So now when I speak

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Not the best I can say. But I would like to share the experience.

After the introductory part, the round of technical interviews lasted around 45 minutes. At that moment, the interviewer received a call from abroad. Actually, it was a conference call. They told me to sit outside when my technical round was over. I assumed the interview was almost over. The teleconference lasted between 35 and 40 minutes. Now I had another friend of mine who had also come to give the interview. I was totally relaxed and cheering for my friend even though my interview had gone very well (not very well).

So now that I am talking to my friend about the internal history of the interview and all that, the interviewer comes out of his cabin, calls one of us pointing fingers and saying, "Aap aa jaao (You come in)."

At that moment, my friend stood up and began to move towards the cabin. But, my gosh… wait !!! The interview was again pointed by his fingers saying: "Aap nahi, aap (not you, but you)".

So they called me again to come in. Now what he hated the most were technical things. Somehow I had managed to get through it a while ago. He was afraid the technical round would resume. It scared me more.

Now, as I sat down, the interviewer said in no time: "5-6 Faaltu sawaal puchunga (I'll ask you 5-6 garbage questions)". At first, I had no idea about that. He took out his cell phone. He searched for some riddles, which he might have saved from earlier, and started. When it all started, I was a bit anxious, but the nerves began to calm down over time and now everything was fun.

Some of the questions that were asked were:

"What happened when the wheel was invented?

Now, I didn't say a word. How I was afraid to say funny things that would make my impression look bad.

"What does the half apple look like?"

Reflecting and clueless again, I asked the following question.

Now to my amazement I answered all the other questions correctly except the first two described here. I was relieved and regretted that I should have figured out some fun things in the first two questions as well.

In the end, I asked the interviewer about the answers to the questions that he had asked and that he had not answered.

So what happened when the wheel was invented?

Answer: it was used.

And what does the half apple look like?

Answer: the other half.

I was kind of dumbfounded and considered myself so foolish for not having thought through the questions in a simple and logical way. And then the interviewer encouraged me by saying, “Sometimes you try too hard, you put a lot of pressure on your mind to search for the answers without realizing that some answers are so simple and we don't have to worry every time. occasionally. And since not all questions are difficult, don't choose the hard way and unnecessary trouble. "

The lesson was learned.

The happy ending?

I still work under the same cool boss with the same company.

These jobs are unusual and different.

1. Ear cleaner

A sharp steel needle, a piece of cotton, and a tweezers - these are the tools of the trade. They are often found on the streets of local markets and on or around town monuments. Although this profession is disappearing, there are still some people who only hear clearly if their ears are cleaned by a professional ear cleaner.

2. Photographers of corpses

Believe it or not, this is actually a profession. In the holy city of Varanasi, where people go to perform the last rites, taking a photo of the deceased on the Ganges is now a profession. In burning G

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These jobs are unusual and different.

1. Ear cleaner

A sharp steel needle, a piece of cotton, and a tweezers - these are the tools of the trade. They are often found on the streets of local markets and on or around town monuments. Although this profession is disappearing, there are still some people who only hear clearly if their ears are cleaned by a professional ear cleaner.

2. Photographers of corpses

Believe it or not, this is actually a profession. In the holy city of Varanasi, where people go to perform the last rites, taking a photo of the deceased on the Ganges is now a profession. In the Burning Ghats, a photographer earns between ₹ 1,500 and ₹ 2,500 per day.

3. Genealogists

There is a group of professionals whose job it is to unearth the history of your ancestors that goes back at least ten generations. Also known as 'pandas', they are found mainly in Haridwar and keep genealogical records for certain Hindu families. It is said that Hindu families used to visit these genealogists to update their family trees and inquire about marriages, births and deaths.

4. Goalkeepers with a mustache

If you have ever been to Rajasthan or any hotel in your city, you must have seen the doorman with a mustache. With their lush mustaches and beards, this group of men prides themselves on flaunting their follicular splendor and is often seen in restaurants, hotels, or even on various landmarks across the country.

5. Road dentists

Imagine that you are on the move and feel a sharp pain in your tooth, who will come to your rescue? A road dentist, of course. These ancient orthodontists are often seen in the bylans of India. Fillings, cleanings, they do it all ... but there is a problem. There is no anesthesia. Proceed with caution.

6. Human scarecrows

We all know what scarecrows are for, to scare away the birds that spoil crops. Well, a human scarecrow is actually a person who is supposed to scare pigeons off personal property, specifically hotel or palace premises, using flags that have a crossed out bird sign in case there is any doubt about it. What were they doing.

7. professional mourners

In reality, these are people who get paid to cry at a funeral. They are also known as Rudalis, and are mainly found in Rajasthan. It is an ancient but strange custom that has been followed in India for centuries. They wear black, which is associated with the God of death, Yama.

8. Pet food taster

And why not? Your pet deserves the best and for that, we need a pet food taster. The job of this professional is to evaluate the nutritional value of pet food. They test the product to make sure if it really tastes good or not.

9. Ball Inspector

In a country like India, where half the population is crazy about cricket and wants to become a cricketer, there have to be ball inspectors. This person inspects each and every ball that is used in international cricket matches.

10. Water slide and attraction tester

We love going to amusement parks, right? Well, there is a person who tests and inspects every water slide and ride before it is open to the public. As fun as it may sound, it is quite dangerous. Although proper precautions are taken, there is still a risk involved.

So, I am planning to sign up for the latest job :)

Source: 10 Very Unusual Jobs People Have In India

To date, I have attended several job interviews. I think it was the interview with Samsung India, Bangalore, which is still fresh in my mind and is the most memorable. Before, I appeared for Analog Devices, Atheros Comm., Nvidia, Cisco, Intel, and a few more. He wasn't sure he would be able to attend the Samsung interview round. First, there was a written exam followed by a technical and human resources round.

After clarifying what was written, they called me for a technical round.

In the technical round, the interviewer asked me questions related to the structure of the data, the algorithms and their application in real

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To date, I have attended several job interviews. I think it was the interview with Samsung India, Bangalore, which is still fresh in my mind and is the most memorable. Before, I appeared for Analog Devices, Atheros Comm., Nvidia, Cisco, Intel, and a few more. He wasn't sure he would be able to attend the Samsung interview round. First, there was a written exam followed by a technical and human resources round.

After clarifying what was written, they called me for a technical round.

In the technical round, the interviewer asked me questions related to the structure of the data, the algorithms and their application in real life. I did quite well in the technical round. Post it, they called me for the HR round.

The HR panel had an Indian and a Korean.

Indian: Hello Naveen

Korean: HI

Me: Hello sir (with a smile)

Indio: How are you?

I am really fine. Thanks. How are you? It must be a long and hectic day.

Indio: (Smiles ...) Yes ... A little ... so tell us about yourself.

Me: (introduced myself)

Indio: How many people are in your family?

Me: Father, mother and a younger sister. My father works with Indian Railways, my mother is a homemaker, and my sister is graduating.

Korean: What do you think of your technical interview? (looked at some A4 sheet ... probably the feedback from the technical round)

Me: It was good. I almost answered all the questions and also received a positive response from the panel.

Korean: I see (smiles)…. Do you have a girlfriend?

Indio: (felt uncomfortable)

Me: Aaa ...... Yes, I have

Korean: Great (smiles….) What are you going to do in case you get this job?

Me: I'll call my parents and give them the news. I will go to the temple.

Korean: Won't you call her (girlfriend) and tell her this news?

Me: (I felt a little uncomfortable) ... Yes ... I will ... I think she will be glad to hear it.

The three of us smile

Korean: Naveen, do you drink?

Me: (I felt a little uncomfortable) ... Yes, but from time to time

Korean: You will drink if you get the offer ...

Me: Yes ... I will

Indio: Naveen, I think we are done with the interview ... do you have any questions for us?

Me: Thank you sir for considering my profile and interviewing me. Most of my questions were answered in the morning question and answer session. I do not have any. Thanks again.

They get up and shake my hand. Left.

At 10:30 pm, the result was announced and I was delighted to read my name on the list.

It seemed to be the most important interview process of my life. For the third time in a row I was called by my name and I nervously walked into an empty conference room. I opened the door and found a very well dressed, pretty and confident woman sitting and playing with her key ring. She was a BCG partner. I greeted her and she began the interview with a thought-provoking case. I was completely in awe of the way he interacted with me. I was looking for clear, precise and logical answers. I soon realized that any beating would meet with a death glare. I was nailing it so far

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It seemed to be the most important interview process of my life. For the third time in a row I was called by my name and I nervously walked into an empty conference room. I opened the door and found a very well dressed, pretty and confident woman sitting and playing with her key ring. She was a BCG partner. I greeted her and she began the interview with a thought-provoking case. I was completely in awe of the way he interacted with me. I was looking for clear, precise and logical answers. I soon realized that any beating would meet with a death glare. I was nailing it so far

In my mind, I was very impressed with the way he was behaving. He wanted to tell her how much he admired her and how much he wanted to be like her one day. I wanted to close the interview with an estimate. I was glad to hear about the problem as it had solved similar ones in the past.

However, I decided to take a different and novel approach as I thought it would be more efficient. I started well but ended up missing something. I found that I could only calculate a subset of what was asked through that approach. The partner pointed it out instantly and said, "Nice thought, but you know you've calculated X while I asked for Y." I said yes, I had realized my mistake and told him the correct answer. He thanked me and left the room.

I was heartbroken when I came out. I repeated the whole situation several times in my head. How did I manage to ruin such a good interview with my stupidity? I kept crying over my sad story until the evening. After having made everyone believe that I will not enter BCG, the results came out. I was selected and my admiration for the partner turned into an eternal devotion.

The good news is that interviews aren't always as terrible as we think.

This happened three times with three different job interviews. Two in Germany and one in America.

I called the interviewers and let them know that I would not tolerate their disrespect. I told the interviewer that if he needed time to change his tone of voice, we could reschedule him. They also mentioned transparency as a value, but didn't tell me anything about culture. I said that and ended the interview quickly as our values ​​and definitions of transparency did not line up. They still haunt my LinkedIn to this day.

One in Germany, the woman tried to talk about my experience as if it were nothing,

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This happened three times with three different job interviews. Two in Germany and one in America.

I called the interviewers and let them know that I would not tolerate their disrespect. I told the interviewer that if he needed time to change his tone of voice, we could reschedule him. They also mentioned transparency as a value, but didn't tell me anything about culture. I said that and ended the interview quickly as our values ​​and definitions of transparency did not line up. They still haunt my LinkedIn to this day.

One in Germany, the woman tried to talk about my experience as if it were nothing, thus reminding her that SHE searched my head and, if it was nothing, why was she wasting my time? Apparently he liked that because he wanted to schedule my next round of interviews at that time. I declined.

The last one, another in Germany, the interviewer asked me a question and spoke to me when I began to answer. He refused to look at my CV and his tone of voice was completely disrespectful. So I got out.

And all three of them tried to get me to work at their company even after I called or left. The last one I mentioned, the man I would have been replacing (he also participated in the interview) called me that same day and told me how much he loved me and wanted to invite me to a case study ... and he was going to send me all the answers . To this day, the guy will try to add me on LinkedIn or tag me on things.

I think most people will agree that most job / candidate search activity (including networking) is done electronically, via computers, tablets, smartphones, job boards on the internet . I think it is done this way so much that it is difficult to differentiate yourself from the hundreds and thousands of other candidates for the same jobs that may interest you.

With this in mind, I bought some high-end stationery to print out my resume and cover letter, and used the US Postal Service to deliver them to the CEOs of the companies I was targeting.

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I think most people will agree that most job / candidate search activity (including networking) is done electronically, via computers, tablets, smartphones, job boards on the internet . I think it is done this way so much that it is difficult to differentiate yourself from the hundreds and thousands of other candidates for the same jobs that may interest you.

With this in mind, I bought some high-end stationery to print out my resume and cover letter, and used the US Postal Service to deliver them to the CEOs of the companies I was targeting.

The executive assistants who opened the mail saw the quality of the material, the high-tack and watermarked paper, the gold clips, the easy-to-read formatted documents, assumed high quality and made sure it got to the forefront of the CEO. The CEO took a look and forwarded it to the VP of HR with directive to contact me.

In a couple of cases, I received calls from the CEO, the VP of Human Resources, and the hiring manager before I had to complete website requests or follow other company processes designed to exclude others.

I landed a couple of jobs this way - it's easier to stand out, it's easier to network, and the results speak for themselves.

Good question! Getting your foot in the door can be difficult, especially if you don't have professional experience. Luckily for you, it's not impossible!

Your first step should be to identify the appropriate job fields and write a specific resume aimed at that field. Since you don't have any professional experience, you should highlight courses, sports, hobbies, and written testimonials from relevant professionals on your resume. Write a strong profile that highlights your strengths and significant accomplishments. Format a key skills section below your profile to list your individual areas of expertise.

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Good question! Getting your foot in the door can be difficult, especially if you don't have professional experience. Luckily for you, it's not impossible!

Your first step should be to identify the appropriate job fields and write a specific resume aimed at that field. Since you don't have any professional experience, you should highlight courses, sports, hobbies, and written testimonials from relevant professionals on your resume. Write a strong profile that highlights your strengths and significant accomplishments. Please format a key skills section below your profile to list your individual areas of expertise.

Remember, your resume should point to the job field you are applying for. If you are applying for a customer service position, highlight strong interpersonal skills. Good luck!

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