British graduate compares CEO to 'abusive ex' after job interview from hell

British graduate compares CEO to 'abusive ex' after job interview from hell
Photo credit: Facebook/Olivia Bland

A British graduate has turned down a job, saying the behaviour of the company's chief executive during her interview was like that of her "abusive ex". 

Olivia Bland, 22, has called out Craig Dean, CEO of tech company Web Applications UK, after he allegedly tore into her personality and criticised her taste in music. 

Ms Bland says she endured a "brutal" four hour interview.

When she was offered the job, she turned it down and took to Twitter to share her email response declining the job offer. 

"Nobody should come out of a job interview feeling so upset that they cry at the bus stop," she wrote. 

"I have just moved back home to Manchester after escaping a year and a half long abusive relationship. The two hours I sat in that room with Craig Dean yesterday felt like being sat in a room with my abusive ex.

"It was two hours of being told I'm not good enough and detailing exactly why."


Mr Dean did not respond to requests for comment from The Daily Telegraph but wrote in Twitter he was "very sorry if anyone has been hurt" by the incident.

"I have sat watching the messages pouring in all night and humbly submit this sleep-deprived and anxiety-driven message."

The statement added that the company directors are extremely saddened by the incident and will be reflecting on their HR and recruitment processes.