The Anti-It Moment: When Good Interviews Go Bad

It’s happened to us all at some point in our HR careers. We filter through a pile of endless applications until we find the one that we believe might be the next all-star employee. We call the number and the candidate answers with the most polite voice imaginable. We schedule the interview and then it happens. What happens, you ask?  IT happens. Trust me, you will know when good interviews go bad.

When Good Interviews Go BadKyle Jones, Mississippi HR, The Anti-It Moment

No one in HR goes into an interview hoping the candidate will not be an ideal fit. Think about it for a moment. Wouldn’t it be much easier if the candidates were all perfect fits for the position?  Wouldn’t it change the overall dynamic of the term “job search”?  I think so.

But this isn’t reality.  Reality is when a person who is not a good fit applies and is interviewed.  Reality is when an application for employment seems like a work of fiction after the “author” is interviewed.  We go in expecting good interviews – not bad ones.

Elements of a Job Interview


Let’s take a moment to list a few required elements of a job interview:

  • the candidate

  • the interviewer

  • the resume

  • the job description


What is the purpose of a job interview?  According to Wikipedia, A job interview is a process in which a potential employee is evaluated by an employer for prospective employment in their company, organization, or firm. During this process, the employer hopes to determine whether or not the applicant is suitable for the role.

The Anti-IT MomentKyle Jones, Anti-IT Moment, HR to Who

How do you know when an interview has taken a turn for the worse? Imagine for a moment the perfect candidate on paper. The person is interviewed and doesn’t just live up to expectations – those expectations are exceeded.

Have a good picture in your mind of the above? If you said yes, reverse the scenario.  Make it bad.  That is an Anti-IT Moment.

The Anti-IT Moment isn’t uncommon. Trust me, it’s happened to us all. It may be an off-the-wall answer. It may be discovering a lie on the resume.

Did they just say that?

Did they admit to stealing from their former employer?

Did they just say they had three DUIs and are applying for a job requiring driving?

The types of IT moments are many.


Your Moments


What type of IT moments have you encountered?  Were the good? Where they bad?  Were they both? In the examples above, we find out what happens when good interviews go bad. Now, I’d like to hear from you.

About the Author

I am a fan of comic books, science fiction, gadgets and a devoted fan of Doctor Who.  Professionally, I am the Human Resources Manager at Megagate Broadband, Inc. and serve the HR profession with both South Mississippi SHRM and  Mississippi SHRM. This blog is my creative outlet and doorway to the world of Doctor Who and HR blogging.  For more information, visit one of the following social networks/sites:

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