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    Re: Worst Job Interview

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    Not an interview but I've been applying to PhD programs all over the place and I've been pretty much recycling my statement of purpose for all of them. I just throw in a few faculty names or mention the program/school and then change it for the next one. Well, I pulled up the letter and was searching for all the 'Colorado State"s to replace them and noticed that the very last sentence said something to the effect of, 'I would be honored to be a Berkeley graduate student'. I don't think I'll be hearing back from Colorado State...
    Not sure what department you're applying to, but if it's Civil Engineering, I can almost guarantee that you won't hear back....



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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Ugh. Must stop reading. I have a phone interview at 2.


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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Got tag-teamed by 2 senior managers in a Firm for 4 hours and asked different questions that always start with: Give us your definition of....., example of how you dealt with it and what you learned from it.
    After the interview, I was so exhausted and dizzy, drove through Arby's: forgot that there was only one window: so I paid my order and drove through the lane and realized that there was no second window to pick my order up. So I parked my car, walked to the drive thru lane and people were just laughing at me.
    Got a second interview from that Firm but didn't get a job.



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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone13 View Post
    Got tag-teamed by 2 senior managers in a Firm for 4 hours and asked different questions that always start with: Give us your definition of....., example of how you dealt with it and what you learned from it.
    After the interview, I was so exhausted and dizzy, drove through Arby's: forgot that there was only one window: so I paid my order and drove through the lane and realized that there was no second window to pick my order up. So I parked my car, walked to the drive thru lane and people were just laughing at me.
    Got a second interview from that Firm but didn't get a job.
    was hoping for a much better story after that line.


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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by CLONECONES View Post
    I had an interview with an investment bank and during the second round of interviews I walked in to a room with 4 people sitting across the table from me and the only question they asked me was "How many golf balls can fit in a 747?"

    I responded with ".......uhhhhhhhhhh..... let's go with 4 million!"

    They said "Thanks, we'll let you know."

    They never let me know.
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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    Not sure what department you're applying to, but if it's Civil Engineering, I can almost guarantee that you won't hear back....
    It's biochemistry. Quick, pull some strings!



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    It's biochemistry. Quick, pull some strings!
    No can do... I don't know a single person in that department! Good luck though!



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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    I had an interview where the interviewer had been recently dumped by his long time girlfriend. The reason I know this bit of information is because he spent the entire interview pouring his heart out to me about his failed relationship. I legitimately didn't answer a single question the entire time, I barely even spoke for the 45 minutes it took. Without getting in to too much detail he called all of his coworkers 'jerkoffs' during this time and offered me the job on the basis that him and I would 'hunt for trim' at the next conference.

    On the bright side, that miserable experience was one of the main drivers that sent me to grad school.



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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by CLONECONES View Post
    I had an interview with an investment bank and during the second round of interviews I walked in to a room with 4 people sitting across the table from me and the only question they asked me was "How many golf balls can fit in a 747?"

    I responded with ".......uhhhhhhhhhh..... let's go with 4 million!"

    They said "Thanks, we'll let you know."

    They never let me know.
    Because I am bored at work I want to answer this. A golf ball displaces 2.77 oz of water (just checked). we can then use the ratio of 1 ball per 2.77 oz and set it equal to x balls over 128 oz (the number of oz in a gallon). This equals 46.16 golf balls in a gallon. 7.48 gallons = 1 cubic foot so roughly 345.03 golf balls per cubic foot. there are a total of 31,285 cubic feet on a 747 plane thus 10,794,263.55 golf balls fit in a 747 (assuming the space from chairs, people, etc. is not there).

    Do I get the job???


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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by ImperialCyclone View Post
    Because I am bored at work I want to answer this. A golf ball displaces 2.77 oz of water (just checked). we can then use the ratio of 1 ball per 2.77 oz and set it equal to x balls over 128 oz (the number of oz in a gallon). This equals 46.16 golf balls in a gallon. 7.48 gallons = 1 cubic foot so roughly 345.03 golf balls per cubic foot. there are a total of 31,285 cubic feet on a plane thus 10,794,263.55 golf balls fit in a 747 (assuming the space from chairs, people, etc. is not there).

    Do I get the job???
    Only if they are square golf balls and there is not space between each.


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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by ImperialCyclone View Post
    Because I am bored at work I want to answer this. A golf ball displaces 2.77 oz of water (just checked). we can then use the ratio of 1 ball per 2.77 oz and set it equal to x balls over 128 oz (the number of oz in a gallon). This equals 46.16 golf balls in a gallon. 7.48 gallons = 1 cubic foot so roughly 345.03 golf balls per cubic foot. there are a total of 31,285 cubic feet on a 747 plane thus 10,794,263.55 golf balls fit in a 747 (assuming the space from chairs, people, etc. is not there).

    Do I get the job???
    Did you account for the lost space due to curved surface of each ball?




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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by ImperialCyclone View Post
    Because I am bored at work I want to answer this. A golf ball displaces 2.77 oz of water (just checked). we can then use the ratio of 1 ball per 2.77 oz and set it equal to x balls over 128 oz (the number of oz in a gallon). This equals 46.16 golf balls in a gallon. 7.48 gallons = 1 cubic foot so roughly 345.03 golf balls per cubic foot. there are a total of 31,285 cubic feet on a 747 plane thus 10,794,263.55 golf balls fit in a 747 (assuming the space from chairs, people, etc. is not there).

    Do I get the job???
    So are you going to put the golf balls through a giant blender or a Fargo-esque woodchipper before putting them in the plane?


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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCyclones View Post
    Only if they are square golf balls and there is not space between each.
    This is true, but I think the interview was for an investment firm, so 10 mill is good enough. Looks like I don't get the job...dang it!


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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by ImperialCyclone View Post
    This is true, but I think the interview was for an investment firm, so 10 mill is good enough. Looks like I don't get the job...dang it!
    I fail too. In my haste to respond I asked if they are square golf balls. I should have asked if they are cubicle as square does not offer depth.


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    Re: Worst Job Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Did you account for the lost space due to curved surface of each ball?
    Didn't need to. The job interview question was for an investment banker firm that was most likely looking for the logic behind the answer. My answer is rough, but good enough for my purposes of laying down some pimping logic.

    It beats Clonecones's uhhhhhhhh 4 million answer.


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