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Don’t Let This Happen to You: Robert Half Reveals Real-Life Examples of Interviews Gone Awry; Launches New Video Series

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.’"

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  1. Going on and on and on
  2. Poor ‘posturing’
  3. Ranting and raving
  4. Throwing in the towel

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