It is a regular complaint of those seeking jobs that interviews are hard to get, so why miss one when it is offered? Compiled by some of the Country’s leading recruitment consultancies, here is a list of some of the worst excuses.

“I was out last night and I’m still too drunk to drive!”

“I’m really, really sorry but I’ve been arrested.”

“I’ve just woken up in someone’s house. I have no idea who they are or where I am.”

“I need to stay in the house today to wait for a parcel.”

“I forgot I’m due in court today, sorry.” (No prior mention of this).

“I’ve landed a date and I haven’t had one in so long, that I just have to go.”

“I forgot to wash my suit.”

“I got my hair cut last night and it’s just ridiculous.”

“I did get to the office, but my heel broke so I didn’t go in.”

“My laptop just exploded, so I can’t do my presentation.”

“Sorry, my iPhone broke and I’d forgotten where to go.” (Sent from an iPhone).

“I’m on holiday in Australia!”

“I fell over on the ice and banged my knee.”

“I slipped over in the shower and I have a huge lump on my head.”

“A car drove by & splashed an entire puddle over me”

“I fell asleep on the train and missed my stop!”

“I’m sorry, I woke up in Edinburgh this morning” (the interview was in Birmingham).

“I’m in London, just getting myself prepared…” (The interview was in Manchester).

“My mum said I’m grounded.”

“My car’s been stolen.” (From someone without a car/driving licence).

“My goldfish died and I’m really sad.”

“There’s a pigeon in my house and I don’t know what to do.”
“I’m in hospital getting my TV remote surgically removed.” (Please – say no more)!

“I’m sort of handcuffed to my bed.”

“I can’t find my USB stick, I think my ghost has moved it.”