to avoid at job interview
Comments from the interviewers
- The reason
the candidate was taking so long to respond to
a question became apparent when he began to snore.
- During the
entire interview, the applicant wore a baseball
cap... A few days later, another college graduate
showed up for a management trainee position wearing
overalls and sandals.
- When I asked
the candidate to give a good example of the organizational
skills she was boasting about, she said she was
proud of her ability to pack her suitcase "real
neat" for her vacations.
- Wanted to
know if employee perks included a swimming pool,
paid lunches at the company cafeteria or a free
computer to use at home.
- Why did he
go to college? His ill-conceived answer: "To party
- He couldn't
answer any of my questions because he had just
had major dental work.
- When I gave
him my business card at the beginning of the interview,
he immediately crumpled it and tossed it in the
- I received
a resume and a note that said the recent high
school graduate wanted to earn $25 an hour - "and
not a nickel less".
- He had arranged
for a pizza to be delivered to my office during
a lunch-hour interview. I asked him not to eat
it until later.
- Insisted on
telling me that he wasn't afraid of hard work.
But insisted on adding that he was afraid of horses
and didn't like jazz, modern art, or seafood.
- The candidate
never looked directly at me once during the entire
interview. Just staring at the floor.
- She actually
showed up for an interview during the summer wearing
a bathing suit. Said she didn't think I'd mind.
- He sat down
opposite me, made himself comfortable and proceeded
to put his foot up on my desk.
- The interview
had gone well, until he told me that he and his
friends wore my company's clothing whenever they
could. At which point, I had tell him that we
manufactured office products, not sportswear.
- Applied for
a customer service position although as he confided,
he really wasn't a people person.
- When I mentioned
that we had gone to the same college, he stood
up and began to belt out the school football fight
- Without asking
if I minded, he casually lit a cigar and then
tossed the match onto my carpet - and couldn't
understand why I was upset.
- On the phone
I had asked the candidate to bring his resume
and a couple of references. He arrived with the
resume - and two people.