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Have you ever drank before a job interview?

  • 21-06-2023 7:21pm
    Registered Users Posts: 9,243 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    I just remembered I sometimes used to have a couple of pints before interviews 😅 I'm not sure why, I actually liked interviews and didn't do it over nerves or anything.

    I'm not even a drinker really, only drank around 3 times last year. these were graduate jobs and I was offered the job after some of them.



  • Registered Users Posts: 535 ✭✭✭Scipri0

    No. I would never even think of it because even if you're drunk they might still smell it off you and it wouldn't be a good look.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,243 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    I always had mints or chewing gum. id say it would be an awful look lol such a piss take really, I wouldnt hire someone who had a few pints before a job interview.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,449 ✭✭✭HBC08

    You only drank about 3 times a year but drank on more than one occasion before a job interview?

    That's fairly weird.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,243 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    3 times last year. the interviews were back around 2013.

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

    I gathered from the OP that he was younger when he drank before the interviews. And then last year was years later.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,449 ✭✭✭HBC08

    OK I get you now but what does that have to do with how much or often you drank 10 years ago?

    It doesn't have any context or relevance.

    Anyway back on topic I never deliberately drank before an interview but I'm guessing I wouldn't have passed a breathalyser (from the night before) in a lot of them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,243 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    Because its strange to me that I drank before them as I wasn't even a big drinker back then and I doubt its a normal thing to do before a job interview.

  • Most stupid thing anyone could do. I know an end-stage-alcoholic (read morning drinker, regular seizures on withdrawal) who held down a responsible job, blew it away, especially since lockdown as he has zero self-discipline and highly chaotic, has appeared drunk on job videos, kept having to change jobs. Although in a highly sought after specialist area where there’s an acute shortage he can’t get past any interviewer. Either drink, hungover or memory-damaged from extreme alcohol abuse. This guy has phoned me ten sheets to the wind totally unaware of his extreme slurring, and then forgetting he phoned me whilst p1ssed.

    Forget alcohol and trying to get a job, believe me, you are not worth it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 64 ✭✭Benmann

    Did you get any of the jobs and did the interviewer notice?

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,243 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    yeah I got offered a few of them, they definitely didn't notice.

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  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,398 Mod ✭✭✭✭igCorcaigh

    Never use mints or chewing gum when turning up for anything important. It's such a giveaway.

    I also, no matter how nervous, would never have a smoke before an interview. Not even tea or coffee. Brush your teeth well that morning, and don't even use mouthwash.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,243 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    lol I wasn't chewing gum or eating mints during the interview, and im sure lots of people would have minty breath for interviews?

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,004 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Yes . Because I thought back then I couldn’t join that company because of where I’m from . Stupidly , as it is now. I went out the night before and said I didn’t want the job .

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,696 ✭✭✭Pauliedragon

    An old boss of mine used to do interviews at the pub over pints. His theory was people were more honest after a pint or 2.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,243 ✭✭✭pgj2015

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

    I went to an interview like that. He got me and himself a pint so I downed it. He said wow, what's going on. I said I have a hell of a thirst. I ordered a second for me and him even though he was still on the first. I downed the second. Ordered another for myself and none for him as he still had half a pint and a full pint. Downed the third. And repeat three more times. I said to him I could drink you under the table. He shook my hand and said you're hired.

  • Registered Users Posts: 872 ✭✭✭Photobox

    Not quite just before an interview but I remember many years ago going on a major session the night before an interview. No doubt I stank of booze at the interview. I did get the job though.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,747 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid

    Drinking for "Dutch Courage" before a job interview is very ill advised. I turned to drink to quell feelings of intense panic and anxiety after a mental health breakdown and ended up an alcoholic as a result.

    Even in my worst drinking days - and they were pretty bad - I don't think I'd turn up to a job interview under the influence. It's not a clever thing to do.

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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Christ no. Although I did go to a recruitment evening for a company opening a new office locally (not a large event so it wasn't anonymous, we got name tags and many of us had already submitted applications, then received invitations to the event) and I took way too much advantage of the free booze, so got plastered. And obviously no further in my application.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,696 ✭✭✭Pauliedragon

    He didn't trust anyone who didn't drink alcohol. He was a strange fella to put it mildly.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,470 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    i used to work on a team where at least two of the members were interviewed over pints. not sure if HR would allow that now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,915 ✭✭✭Sugarlumps

    Did it once and would do it again, crushed the interview, calmed the nerves. And no, you couldn’t smell it off me as I had brushed my teeth before I left.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,377 ✭✭✭corner of hells

    How bout doing your interview this way ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,950 ✭✭✭circadian

    You'd be surprised how often people roll into interviews after a couple of pints. I've been through several recruitment processes over the years from junior positions to management and each time there was at least one person who smelled of booze, either from the night before or as some sort of dutch courage.

  • Registered Users Posts: 34,880 ✭✭✭✭o1s1n
    Master of the Universe

    I love how confident you are that brushing your teeth completely gets rid of the smell of booze. Absolutely guarantees it 100%, no way of anyone smelling anything, not at all. It's such a bulletproof tactic they should include it on the toothpaste box as a selling point.

    'Job interview? Need to drink beforehand? Don't sweat it, Colgate has you covered 100%!'

  • Registered Users Posts: 586 ✭✭✭shane b

    Not directly before an interview but I went clubbing with mates the night before an interview for a summer job when i was about 20. I had 4 or 5 drinks which was about 1 drink per hour. Next morning I got suited and booted, arrived in time etc. The interview went ok in my mind but looking back I reckon the smell of my breath and the red eyes must have been a give away.

    I applied to the same company for jobs over the following 10 years and never heard back from any application. There was even a 3 month work placement as part of a course I was doing several years later and of the 8 applicants, I was the only one not selected for placement.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,765 ✭✭✭Aglomerado

    Never! Not even one. Afterwards, absolutely. Last several job interviews I had were in Dublin so I'd usually go for a few afterwards in porterhouse or somewhere like that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,596 ✭✭✭newmember2

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,893 ✭✭✭amacca

    I drank before a big public debate and won it..(couple of shorts with mixers)

    The position I had to argue was dogshit and I needed something to settle the nerves but apparently vodka is persuasive to an audience.

    Didn't feel the need ever again, felt it was like my one time get out of jail free card....could have gone horribly wrong I suppose.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,445 ✭✭✭brokenbad

    Drank a bottle of this stuff once to settle the nerves before a second round interview - it worked as i was offered the job!