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How to Mess up a Job Interview

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


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 answer-

ing 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. Dis-

believing, 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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