A few years ago now, I was interviewing for an internship as a Computational Biologist in my second year of university. I had a pretty shoddy CV so I had a google and copied/pasted a Software Engineers template and put in my skills.
In the interview, everything was going perfect — I was interviewing well — I think — met the team, met the boss, text-book stuff.
Then LateX happened. One of the interviewers asked me about LateX — at the time I knew nothing about LateX so I was honest and said "I don’t really know much about it".
”But you have it down as one of your skills”
“Is it?” Was my reply.
SHIT, I’d copied and pasted this CV without removing all the skills they’d put. I panicked, I started to make up some nonsense about when I’d used it but didn’t feel very confident with it.
The whole interview was downhill from that point, I was shaking, embarrassed and just wanted to crawl in a hole.
So yeah, that’s my biggest cock up in an interview, I’d love to hear yours!
Oh yeah, I got the internship in the end, a bloody miracle if you ask me.