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Job Applicant Gets Rejected 5 Minutes After Entering The Building

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Job interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience because it can either make or break your chances of being employed. And yes, there are some people out there who totally mishandle their opportunity of getting hired right off the bat.

Case in point, one job seeker actually messed up right at a company’s reception desk – where a hiring manager actually went incognito as the receptionist. We got this story from Reddit and so we’re sharing this as a lesson for everyone.

We got this story from Reddit and it’s truly an entertaining read.

According to the post by u/sawta2112:

“Today, a candidate blew his interview in the first 5 minutes after he entered the building.


“He was dismissive to the receptionist. She greeted him and he barely made eye contact. She tried to engage him in conversation. Again, no eye contact, no interest in speaking with her.”

The post continued:

“What the candidate did not realize was that the ‘receptionist’ was actually the hiring manager.


“She called him back to the conference room and explained how every single person on our team is valuable and worthy of respect.


“Due to his interaction with the ‘receptionist’, the hiring manager did not feel he was a good fit. Thank you for your time but the interview is over.

“Be nice to everyone in the building.”

The said post gained thousands of reactions from other Reddit users and here are some of them:

The original author later clarified:

“It wasn’t just lack of eye contact. He was openly rude and treated her like she was beneath him. When he thought he was talking to the decision maker, personality totally changed. Suddenly he was friendly, open, relaxed. So I don’t think this was a case of social anxiety.

“The position is a client facing position where being warm, approachable, outgoing is critical.”

As one commenter effectively summed it up:

“Companies often have you sit in the lobby 5-10 minutes before your interview, assume you are being watched.”

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