What not to do in a job interview
We've all been interviewed for jobs. And, we've all spent most of
those interviews thinking about what not to do. Don't bite your nails.
Don't fidget. Don't interrupt. Don't belch. If we did any of the
don'ts, we knew we'd disqualify ourselves instantly. But some job
applicants go light years beyond this. We surveyed top personnel
executives of 100 major American corporations and asked for stories of
unusual behavior by job applicants. The lowlights:
- Said he was so well-qualified [that] if he didn't get the job, it
would prove that the company's management was incompetent.
- Stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application.
- Brought her large dog to the interview.
- Chewed bubble gum and constantly blew bubbles.
- Candidate kept giggling through serious interview.
- She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music
at the same time.
- Balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a
few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece.
- Applicant challenged interviewer to arm wrestle.
- Asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the personnel
executive was qualified to judge the candidate.
- Announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger
and french fries in the interviewer's office.
- Without saying a word, candidate stood up and walked out during
the middle of the interview.
- Man wore jogging suit to interview for position as financial vice
- Said if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having
the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.
- Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering
specific interview questions.
- Wouldn't get out of the chair until I would hire him. I had to
call the police.
- When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap
dancing around my office.
- Had a little pinball game and challenged me to play with him.
- Bounced up and down on my carpet and told me I must be highly
thought of by the company because I was given such a thick carpet.
- Took a brush out of my purse, brushed his hair and left.
- Pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me.
Said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him.
- Candidate asked me if I would put on a suit jacket to insure that
the offer was formal.
- Said he wasn't interested because the position paid too much.
- While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out
a copy of Penthouse, and looked through the photos only, stopping
longest at the centerfold.
- During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the
candidate's brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologized and
said he had to leave for another interview.
- A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from his
wife. His side of the conversation went like this: "Which company? When
do l start? What's the salary?" I said, "l assume you're not interested
in conducting the interview any further." He promptly responded, "I am
as long as you'll pay me more. "I didn't hire him, but later found out
there was no other job offer.. It was a scam to get a higher offer.
- An applicant came in wearing only one shoe. She explained that
the other shoe was stolen off her foot in the bus.
- His attache [case] opened when he picked it up and the contents
spilled, revealing ladies' undergarments and assorted makeup and
- He came to the interview on a moped and left it in the reception
area. He didn't want it to get stolen, and stated that he would require
indoor parking for the moped.
- He took off his right shoe and sock, removed a medicated foot
powder and dusted it on the foot and in the shoe. While he was putting
back the shoe and sock, he mentioned that he had to use the powder four
times a day, and this was the time.
- Candidate said he really didn't want to get a job, but the
unemployment office needed proof that he was looking for one.
- He whistled when the interviewer was talking.
- Asked who the lovely babe was, pointing to the picture on my
desk. When I said it was my wife, he asked if she was home now and
wanted my phone number. I called security.
- She threw-up on my desk, and immediately started asking questions
about the job, like nothing had happened.
- Pointing to a black case he carried into my office, he said that
if he was not hired, the bomb would go off. Disbelieving, I began to
state why he would never be hired and that I was going to call the
police. He then reached down to the case, flipped a switch and ran. The
bomb went off and no one was injured, but I did need to get a new desk.
- Asked if I wanted some cocaine before starting the interview.
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