I just had a phone interview. When answering a question about why I applied there, I said that I admired their activities on social media.

But the application came first (out of necessity) and the social media appreciation came after that when I was researching the position.

I was just trying to find something that sounded good and not desperate, and now I'm sure I just bombed that interview just like I have done at every other one I've had for the past year.

I forget the right things to say when I'm nervous.

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    IMHO, "Why did you apply here?" is the stupidest question you can possibly ask an interviewee. Both the interviewer and the interviewee know that 99% of the time, no matter what answer is given, the real answer is "Because I need a job and you're hiring." Feb 29 at 16:00
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    @A.R. That's not universally true, really depends on company size. For startups/scaleups this is something you will be failed on rather swiftly lots of the time, because at that size you need to care about the mission. Those really are not places for just a paycheck.
    – Aida Paul
    Feb 29 at 16:11
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    OP: is there a question somewhere you wanna ask? So far this just seems like a bit of a rant.
    – Aida Paul
    Feb 29 at 16:12
  • @AidaPaul Oh, sure, you'll get failed on that question anywhere for providing the wrong answer. Somehow our culture entertains the idea that there are things you're just supposed to lie about, and this is one of them. Feb 29 at 16:22
  • Just wanted to know if that was a deal breaker, because I know that your views of social media get documented.
    – RobotJones
    Feb 29 at 16:25

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If the question is as per this comment:

Just wanted to know if that was a deal breaker, because I know that your visits to social media get documented

Then: No. There is not remotely any chance than an interviewer is going to encode your verbal response to this open-ended question, check it against a social media database, and cross-check against when the job offer was posted, to identify some half-truth on this trivial point.

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