How to mess up a job interview


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Personnel executives of 100 major corporations were asked for stories
of unusual behavior by job applicants.

1. "... stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application."

2. "She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music
at the same time."

3. " A balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office
a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece."

4. "... asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the personnel
executive was qualified to judge the candidate."

5. "... announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a
hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's office - wiping the
ketchup on her sleeve"

6. "Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty
by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm."

7. "Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering
specific interview questions."

8. "When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap
dancing around my office."

9. "At the end of the interview, while I stood there dumb-struck,
went through my purse, took out a brush, brushed his hair, and left."

10. "... pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of
me. Said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him."

11. "Said he wasn't interested because the position paid too much."

12. "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."

13. "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 I start? What's the salary?" I said, "I 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."

14. "Candidate said he really didn't want to get a job, but the
unemployment office needed proof that he was looking for one."

15. "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.
No one was injured, but I did need to get a new desk."





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