'I Kind Of Have A New Hobby': Internet Applauds Student Taking Job Interviews For Fun

The internet was intrigued by one student after they explained their strange new hobby in a viral post on Tuesday.

Members of Reddit's popular r/antiwork subreddit were perplexed by one poster, who explained that they have been attending numerous job interviews with no intention of ever accepting a job they are interviewing for. Titled "I've been attending interviews just to turn them down," Redditor u/R_o_g_z's post has received over 36,000 votes and 3,000 comments in just nine hours.

Explaining that they have been attending bogus job interviews for the last four months, u/R_o_g_z said that they create fake profiles posing as potential employees to apply for positions and secure interviews with prospective employers.

I apply for jobs and attend interviews with no intention of taking the jobs," they wrote. "I've been applying for jobs on Indeed. I make up the qualifications they ask for and on paper, I'm the perfect candidate."

"In reality, I don't really exist," they added.

u/R_o_g_z said that they treat every interview like a momentous occasion, and prepare as if their future employment is really on the line.

"I like to dress up, and it feels like a real sense of occasion," the Redditor explained. "I get to have a nice day out and visit new places. I go to the barber's, get a clean shave, grab breakfast and coffee. I feel great and look great."

For many students preparing to enter the workforce, attending job interviews without the intention of accepting an offered position can serve as practice for future interviews. According to Indeed — one of the most popular employment websites in the United States — attending job interviews can build interview experience, help jobseekers understand what they are looking for in a job, and can even result in leveraging offers from multiple employers.

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In a viral Reddit post, one user said they've recently fallen into the habit of attending job interviews for positions they have no intention of ever accepting. nortonrsx/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Attending job interviews for the sole purpose of dressing up and having a nice day, however, is entirely different.

In their original post, u/R_o_g_z said that they enter every interview room without feeling any pressure to make a good impression. Instead, the Redditor said that they "flip the script" on interviewers, pressing them for information about potential salaries and benefits before carrying out their final, signature move.

"Then I drop the bombshell," they wrote. "When it comes to the salary talk I always say it's not really competitive in today's market. I then look impatient, thank them for their time and I just walk out of the door."

Last month, amid an 11-week strike by 1,400 Kellogg's employees in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, The Washington Post reported that members of the r/antiwork subreddit were impactful in slowing down the cereal manufacturer's attempts to hire scabs, or replacement employees. Redditors filled out countless job applications for Kellogg's positions and agreed to interviews without any intention of ever accepting a job, effectively clogging the company's application and employee pipeline.

While it is unclear if u/R_o_g_z's job interview routine is related to or inspired by other r/antiwork Redditors' efforts to infiltrate the Kellogg's hiring site, commenters on the original viral post were as confused as they were jubilated about their head scratching new hobby.

In the post's top comment, that received 8,600 votes, Redditor u/Shmea said that they might benefit from trying out the original poster's interview techniques.

"This would be a great way for me to desensitize myself to interviews," they wrote. "My mouth goes dry, my mind goes blank, I start to sweat and everything I prepared goes out the window."

Redditor u/2020BillyJoel wrote that attending job interviews for the sake of attending them is almost equivalent to having a job, and added that the original poster should compile all of their interview experiences into one accessible location.

"This sounds like it should be an actual job. Like a mystery shopper. You do this and then update a website with your experiences," they commented.

Many Redditors suggested that u/R_o_g_z begin recording their interviews and publishing them for the internet to see, and in multiple responses to commenters and an update attached to their original post, they acknowledged the potential and said they would try to make it happen.

Although the original poster provided their motive for attending job interviews, they acknowledged that the practice is out of the ordinary, but wrote that the questions they ask employers about salaries and benefits have the potential to create better work environments for employees in the future.

"I'm pretty sure there is something wrong with me," they wrote. "I'm also sure that the next person that goes for the interview is going to have a much better experience."