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Have you ever drank before a job interview?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 532 ✭✭✭tmh106


    Never did this before any interview, but I did interview someone who came to the interview with a strong smell of alcohol on her breath. HR person picked it up too. She would not have been offered the job anyway (better candidates for the role) but even if she had been the best candidate, she would not have been offered the role because she turned up smelling of alcohol.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,302 ✭✭✭facehugger99


    I feel like it's time to crack out this anecdote again...


    When I graduated from college, I went to London with friends for 6 months. Spent most of the time there doing casual work, but we had a great time.


    So we were coming back to Ireland and I was looking for a 'proper' job in my industry. Spotted an advertisement, sent in my CV and got called for interview.


    The only problem was they wanted to do the interview on the morning I was flying back from London. They were based out near the airport so I was thinking that it would work out perfect to go straight there when I got back into Dublin.


    Of course, on our last night in London we hit the town. My earlier promises to myself to take it easy went out the window after a couple of pints. 6 hours later I'm E'd off my head in a club with my GF saying that we need to get going if we're going to make our flight. To this day I still wonder why we hadn't organised our packing before heading out - I'm putting it down to being young and stupid.


    We dash back to our apartment and frantically pack our stuff. I realise I have nothing remotely appropriate to wear to the interview.


    We head out to the airport, on route I stop in a cheap menswear store and, in a very flustered state, buy, what I later realise are, an incredibly ill matched shirt and trousers. They also don't match the shoes I have. Not only that, they're about 2 sizes too big and I've no belt. I should mention, that the extent of this only hits me when I get changed for the interview in the toilets of Dublin airport. My GF bursts out laughing when I emerge.


    I'm also at this stage, in the jaws of the comedown from hell. I can't remember when I've last eaten, I haven't slept for 36 hours.


    My sister meets me at the airport to drive me over to the interview. She bursts out laughing when she sees me too.


    I walk into reception feeling like a complete spa. I kinda have to hold my trousers up by hand to stop them falling down. The secretary looks at me initially as if I'm some escaped lunatic but I explain I'm here for the interview.

    There's two guys interviewing me and the first question they ask is the kind of simple question a first year on my college course would know. Obviously designed to put me at my ease.


    My mind goes, quite literally, blank. I know I know the answer but I can't bring it to mind. After 30 seconds I have to say 'sorry I just can't recall that'. I can see the two of them exchanging a glance wondering 'WTF' as one of them explains the answer to me, like you would to a dimwit.

    My already fragile confidence nosedives completely.


    I try not to remember the rest of the interview. They keep it mercifully short. I can barely string 2words together and I just want to stand up and say 'listen, this has been a terrible mistake, can we just finish up'.


    I leave, still holding up my trousers, desperately trying to preserve what little dignity remains.

    'How'd it go?' my sister asks brightly when I get in the car.

    'Just drive' I say.



    Obviously I don't get the job, and despite working in a small industry, never bumped into the 2 guys again thank Christ.



  • Registered Users Posts: 550 ✭✭✭pawdee


    I had an "interview" for a labouring job back in the late 80s in London. It took place in the basement bar (if I remember correctly) of The Spinning Wheel Pub in Northfields (now a Sainsbury's). I drank before, during and after that interview.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,262 ✭✭✭pgj2015


    Did you not think of just skipping the interview? no way would I have went near it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 234 ✭✭niallpatrick


    Never before or after in a local pub, straight home. Having a car motorbike and LGV license plus reach truck counter balance forklift 7 tonne and teleporter licenses put me from a decent candidate to top 3, whiff of drink I wouldn't have lasted longer than the initial handshake.


    If you don't drink and drive even after one beer why ruin a chance at employment by having a drink before the interview?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,262 ✭✭✭pgj2015


    I think I probably did it because I knew deep down an office job wasnt for me and so I didnt really care about getting the jobs or not.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,309 ✭✭✭✭wotzgoingon






  • I known one severe alcoholic I have witnessed drinking during a sensitive type job, lost said job, lost at least one subsequent job, has been unemployed since. If you need drink before a job interview you have serious problems.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,262 ✭✭✭pgj2015


    If you need it during the interview you have serious issues.

    Before is ok if you can handle your drink. 😂

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  • for some very nervous people (in interviews) who otherwise generally perform very well a doctor can prescribe the smallest dose of Valium for an important interview, that’s not a problem. Many people get a tablet for very occasional use such as a bad bereavement etc.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,262 ✭✭✭pgj2015


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,926 ✭✭✭Andrea B.


    I know my dad had a few vodkas before his matric Uni exams. Guess it was high pressure, strange town and all that. He got on well.



  • Registered Users Posts: 34,890 ✭✭✭✭o1s1n
    Master of the Universe


    Beta blockers are another great one. No withdrawals, can use them as a one off before a stressful event to calm nerves as a bit of a 'get out of jail free card', non addictive, don't cloud your mind or anything. You actually wouldn't know you'd taken anything - it just completely stops any sense of adrenaline rushing to your heart so it's impossible to have a high heart rate. As a result you're naturally just not nervous in the slightest, no sweat, no shakes, completely calm. it's fairly amazing.

    Great for public speaking, driving tests, performing on stage, interviews etc.

    The one down side is they can cause a bit of light headedness if someone has low blood pressure.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,216 ✭✭✭✭Grayson


    I've always hated flying so I always have a couple of them just in case. They're very small dosage.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,360 ✭✭✭Hoop66


    I drank during a job interview. I didn't know this was going to happen though.

    Went for a job with Shepherd Neame brewery based in Kent. When I arrived for the interview the IT manager said "It's nearly lunchtime, shall we go to the pub?". I wasn't sure if this was a test - being a brewery it could be "he wouldn't come to the pub, don't give him a job"! The pub was part of the brewery, so was literally next door.

    Interviewer sank 5 pints, I had 2. Worked for them for 3 years, in one of the best working environments I've ever been in. They all liked a pint but knew their limits. Fairly substantial limits for some of them...



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,262 ✭✭✭pgj2015


    I thought you meant a test, as in if you were mad for pints, they wouldn't offer you the job as you would be testing the product constantly.



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,192 ✭✭✭✭B.A._Baracus


    Was gonna say the same. Even with a breath mint, if you come off as having a few then you've defeated the purpose of going to the interview. Might as well stayed at home.



  • Registered Users Posts: 532 ✭✭✭tmh106


    There was a snooker player (Bill Werbeniuk) who consumed a several pints of lager before his matches and drank around a pint per frame during the matches. Apparently he had been advised by doctors to drink alcohol to counteract a tremor he had (if I recall correctly). Late in his career he also started taking beta blockers.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,262 ✭✭✭pgj2015


    Well I got offered a few jobs after a couple of vodka and cokes so it doesn't defeat the purpose.

    I remembered since it was vodka I drank not pints. 🥃



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,192 ✭✭✭✭B.A._Baracus


    if the person interviewing you gets a whiff of alcohol then it defeats the purpose of going to the interview.


    In your case you either stopped drinking at the right moment or could handle the amount, breath mint etc. Imagine if you went in sloshed or the interviewer smelled it off you. Hence, it would defeat the purpose.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,262 ✭✭✭pgj2015




  • Registered Users Posts: 535 ✭✭✭Scipri0


    To me as well, what does that tell you that you can't even hold off for about an hour? Better off going for the pint after if that's what you want.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,262 ✭✭✭pgj2015


    It would be funny if while you are having a pint in the pub before the interview, there was 3 people having coffee, then you meet them in the interview. 😂



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,192 ✭✭✭✭B.A._Baracus


    Have you got some sort of mental issue or something? You're the one who made this thread and all you want to do is go on about how you had a few before an interview and it was great.

    Then when others say its a bit risky what's your reply? "The fact is I got away with it" - are you 12?

    Be honest now, the only reason this thread exists is because you want to tell the world you had some alcohol before an Interview and defend that choice at every opportunity. Not all your dogs are barking.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,262 ✭✭✭pgj2015


    lol its called a discussion, go somewhere else if you don't like it. 😘



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 47,245 CMod ✭✭✭✭Black Swan


    Before interviewing? Nope. Afterwords? Sometimes to celebrate (or the opposite).



  • Registered Users Posts: 43,028 ✭✭✭✭SEPT 23 1989


    That ecstasy comedown London Dublin badly fitting suit horror show interview story has given me the fear and I haven’t touched that sh1t in twenty years



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  • Registered Users Posts: 608 ✭✭✭mockler007


    Yes, in 2006, I was not doing great at interviews, nerves were bad, so had a couple of scoops before the interview, got most questions wrong, but the manager liked the cut of my jib and took a punt on me.

    It was for a four star boutique hotel in temple bar. It was a great opportunity to progress.

    It was just the once. But I've no regrets



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