MENLO PARK, Calif. July 14, 2011 Robert Half
- "A job applicant came in for an interview with a cockatoo on his shoulder."
- "The candidate sent his sister to interview in his place."
- "One candidate sang all of her responses to interview questions."
- "When asked by the hiring manager if he had any questions for him, the candidate replied by telling a knock-knock joke."
- "One candidate handcuffed himself to the desk during the interview."
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People skills — or lack thereof — got the following job seekers into trouble:
- "I interviewed someone who had a jawbreaker in her mouth during the entire interview."
- "One individual said we had nice benefits, which was good because he was going to need to take a lot of leave in the next year."
- "The applicant told me he really was not interested in the position, but he liked that we allowed for a lot of time off."
Hiring managers appreciate authenticity, but common sense should prevail. These job hopefuls were a bit too candid:
- "An individual applied for a customer service job, and when asked what he might not like about the job, he said, ‘dealing with people.’"
- "One prospect told me all of the reasons he shouldn’t be hired."
- "The candidate said she would really prefer a job offer from our competitor."
- "An applicant wore the uniform from his former employer."
- "The candidate arrived in a cat suit."
- "A person came to the interview in pajamas with slippers."
Finally, exhibiting dishonesty is the ultimate interview error:
- "After being complimented on his choice of college and the GPA he achieved, the candidate replied, ‘I’m glad that got your attention. I didn’t really go there.’"
- Going on and on and on
- Poor ‘posturing’
- Ranting and raving
- Throwing in the towel
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