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A man says he turned “more red than a tomato” after a company boss spotted his unfortunate error during a job interview on Zoom.

The applicant explained that he has been applying for a lot of remote jobs and had made it to a second interview in the process for one role which he “really, really wants.”

After an initial phone interview, the second round was a video call conducted on Zoom and the man says he got dressed up and was sat in front of the computer for an interview that was planned to start at 3pm – but it took a few minutes for the call to begin.

When he was added to the call, he said his eyes “immediately lock onto my screen name”, which he had changed a couple of weeks ago during a call with his wife while she was away from home.

He had set his name on Zoom as ‘Big Daddy’ to make his wife laugh and had completely forgotten about it until it was too late. When he noticed, he immediately changed it to his real name and mistakenly thought he had gotten away with it.

But it turns out it wasn’t quick enough, as he wrote: “Then we start talking and he says ‘yeah it took me a second to start because it said I needed to allow ‘Big Daddy’ into the room with me’ and I likely turned more red than a tomato.

“Fortunately, he laughed about it with me. Then later he said ‘do you prefer to be called Matt or Matthew?’ to which I jokingly responded ‘you can call me anything you like’ and he took the alley-oop and responded ‘like big daddy?’ And we both chuckled again.”

He added that although he thinks the rest of the interview went really well, he’s still suffering “post traumatic cringe” and is “kicking himself over it while anxiously waiting to hear back”.

After posting the hilarious story on Reddit, one commented to offer support, writing: “Please update [us] with the outcome… but you stood out and had a personal connection with the interviewer, that’s huge!”

And another added: “Hahahaha oh woooow. Well, hey. That’s the best ice breaker ever.”