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10 Options To Consider During A Nasty Job Interview

Updated on September 6, 2016

Picture this job interview scenario.

You are being interviewed for what you thought would be your dream job.

Things aren't going well. To say the least.

The atmosphere is biting. The two interviewers before you make no effort to hide their open dislike of you. Even the blind and deaf would know you have naught a chance of getting the job.

But they refuse to let you leave! Maybe they had a bad week. Or maybe they're free for the rest of the day. For whatever reason, the interview drags on. With you on the receiving end of increasingly derisive comments.

What should you do?

What the heck should you do? Should you cut the interview? Should you tell them off? Or should you do your best to weather the shower of scornful questions, in hope of ultimately earning the right to that job by proving your worth?

A nasty job interview. The nightmare NO ONE needs
A nasty job interview. The nightmare NO ONE needs | Source
I HATE YOU for having to interview you.
I HATE YOU for having to interview you. | Source

Options during a nasty job interview

Here are 10 options to consider for the above-mentioned scenario.

  1. End the interview by declaring the obvious; that you are unsuitable for the position. And get up to leave. (Professional approach)
  2. Concoct an excuse to leave. With apologies. (Cordial approach)
  3. Rebuke them. Heck, you're not going to work with them. Why bother continuing being polite? (Retaliatory approach)
  4. Demand to know why they didn't review your application properly before calling you in. And refuse to leave without them apologising for wasting your time. (Confrontational approach)
  5. Blab about all sorts of irrelevant things. You know how to waste someone's time too. (Scheming approach)
  6. Pass derogatory comments, be it about the interviewers' HR skills, or anything else about them. (Vengeful approach)
  7. Express sympathy towards the interviewers' position, whatever that be. A friend gained is always better than an enemy made. (Conniving approach)
  8. Apologise profusely for wasting the interviewers' time. Maybe even bowing in shame. The customer is king. So the (potential) employer is emperor. (Self-deprecatory approach)
  9. Just get up and walk out of the interview room. (Blunt approach)
  10. Get up and walk out of the interview room. Later, post the details of the interview, with or without pseudonyms, on all your social media accounts. (Destructive approach)


Which is the right way to go when trapped in a nasty job interview?

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    • CYong74 profile image

      Cedric Yong 16 months ago from Singapore

      I wrote this hub because ... of course I was in one such situation before. And it's my lifelong regret not having the guts to get up and walk away.

    • StreetSmartIntl profile image

      Ian Marsh 16 months ago from Guanaba, Queensland, Australia

      Since you already know that you're not getting the job anyway try to End the interview by saying " I'm overqualified for this job, try your luck with the rookies" haha that should messes with their mind.

    • Cheeky Kid profile image

      Cheeky Kid 16 months ago from Milky Way

      I say try to go with the flow and do as you wish. Chances are you won't get the job anyway so take the opportunity to enjoy the moment.

    • ahmedkhaled55 profile image

      ahmedkhaled55 17 months ago

      We must grasp nervously until the work ends so as not to fail, and solve for you to do what you want