Graduate refuses job after comparing CEOs interview technique to an abusive ex

Her tweet has since been shared more than 28,000 times and received scores of sympathetic replies.She told the Press Association that the CEO asked “a lot of personal questions”, before “tearing apart, line by line” everything she had submitted in the written part of the application process. To join the conversation log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here. A female graduate turned down a job after she compared the CEO’s interview technique to that of an “abusive ex”.Olivia Bland, 22, hit out at the CEO of a tech company in Manchester after he allegedy criticised her Spotify account and tore apart her personality. She went on to say she was baffled to be offered a job after the experience, and turned it down.The Southampton Solent University graduate, from Oldham, said she was subjected to a “brutal” two-hour interview with the company chief executive, which she said “felt like being sat in a room” with an “abusive ex”.Miss Bland shared her email to the company after the interview on Twitter, writing: “There is something very off to me about a man who tries his best to intimidate and assert power over a young woman and who continues to push even when he can see that he’s making somebody uncomfortable to the point of tears.” She said: “Later in the interview he asked me: ‘How do you think it went?'”He said ‘I’ll tell you how it went’ and listed off everything bad he thought I did in the interview.”He told me everything I did was wrong, everything I said, the way I sat, my body language, everything that he could do to attack me.”Craig Dean, the chief executive of software company Web Applications UK, who conducted the interview, did not respond to requests for comment but wrote on Twitter that he was “very sorry if anyone has been hurt”. I am so sorry that anyone has been hurt, it is never my intent. I have sat watching the messages pouring in all night and humbly submit this sleep-deprived and anxiety-driven message:— Craig Dean (@UncleThargy) January 30, 2019 In a message on the site, he described himself as “sleep deprived and anxiety driven”. He wrote: “I have no desire to see anyone hurt; and can only apologise if anything I’ve done has had that effect.”In a statement following its investigation into the allegations, Web Applications UK said its board “was satisfied that no bullying or intimidation occurred.”The statement added: “Nonetheless, the Directors are extremely saddened by the incident and the impact that this has had on the individual concerned… we will take this opportunity to reflect on our recruitment process and HR policies.”What has been your worst job interview experience? Tell us in the comment section below. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Yesterday morning I had a job interview for a position at a company called Web Applications UK. After a brutal 2 hour interview, in which the CEO Craig Dean tore both me and my writing to shreds (and called me an underachiever), I was offered the job. This was my response today.— olivia (@oliviaabland) January 29, 2019

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