Customer overhears bad Zoom interview at Starbucks

In a hilarious Storytime, TikToker Brittany Lima (@_brittanylima) describes an awkward Zoom job interview she says she witnessed at her local Starbucks. The video was viewed 2.2 million times in less than 24 hours.

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She begins her video by saying that “it should be bloody illegal to do interviews in public,” but it’s not, and it’s causing some great gossip.

Lima goes on to explain that while she was getting her morning matcha latte from Starbucks, she happened to notice a man interviewing via Zoom. “Of course I push my chair in, I tuck my hair behind my ears so I can hear them well, and I sip my tea while listening to some tea,” says Lima.

She says the conversation started normally with the man talking about his previous work experience and educational qualifications. From what she overheard, Lima gathered that he was applying for some sort of managerial position.

However, things started to get out of hand when the interviewer began inquiring about the details of this man’s leadership experience. When asked how many people he managed at his last job, Lima says the prospective candidate answered “352.”

Well, anyone who’s managed a team knows that 352 is a pretty large number of people to manage. Even global consulting firm McKinsey suggests that “the typical span of control of a supervisor is eight to ten direct reports.”

Unfortunately for the interviewee at Starbucks, the person who interviewed him also noticed the unusual number. He noted that this was a surprising number considering that when he googled the respondent’s previous company, he couldn’t even find a website for it and assumed it was a small company.

Lima tells the camera that she thought the man at Starbucks lied, as many people do on their resumes, but that he would certainly come up with something to cover it up.

But instead, Lima said the man told the interviewer, “I’m sorry sir, I lied.” In addition to admitting that he lied about the number of people he managed, the man also said, “This one There is no job.”

At this point, Lima seems to have given up any pretense to mind her own business. She says she put on her glasses to see the interviewer’s face and that his reaction “didn’t disappoint.” Lima says the interviewer, to his credit, tried to give the guy another chance and asked him if he did any Management experience, and this is where, according to Lima, “the tea gets boiling hot”.

Rather than cover his tracks, the man decided to get a little too honest, Lima says. She recalls him saying, “I’ve never had a job in my life. My girlfriend is on her third pregnancy and she says if I don’t get a job she’ll kick me out.”

After 30 seconds of complete silence, she says, the interviewer audibly sighed and said, “We can continue with this interview, but you have to tell me the truth. Did you at least go to Los Angeles City College and get your associate’s degree?”

“This damn man closes his laptop, gets up and friggin’ out of Starbucks,” Lima says, slamming her hand on the table in front of her. “I guess he was in a hurry to lead those 352 employees.”

In the comments, some users were just as amused as Lima.

“No bc, it sounds like the only truth on his resume is his name,” said one. Another said, “HAHAHAHA GIRLLLLLL that didn’t disappoint,” to which Lima replied, “My thoughts right after I decided to drink my matcha indoors today.”

Others admired the man’s nerves. “I just wish I had that level of confidence,” said one user, to which Lima responded. “Actually the same lmfao.”

“Now I’m breaking a sweat because I said I had a year of marketing experience but it was only 10 months,” said another.

However, some expressed empathy for the interviewing man. One person said: “My first thought was that ‘when he’s at Starbucks for an interview he needs the free wifi because he doesn’t have it at home’ sounds like sad shit.”

“I don’t blame him, it’s tough out there,” said another.

The Daily Dot contacted Lima via email and Instagram direct message.


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*Initial publication: September 21, 2022 at 1:23 pm CDT Customer overhears bad Zoom interview at Starbucks

Jaclyn Diaz

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