Things Not To Do During An Interview
Things Not To Do During An Interview
This is a list of actual interview incidents (from a consultant who surveyed 100 top executives for their most unusual applicant experience).
- Said he was so well-qualified, that if he didn't get the job, it would prove
that the company's management was incompetent.
- Stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application.
- Brought her large dog to the interview.
- Chewed bubble gum and constantly blew bubbles.
- Candidate kept giggling through serious interview.
- She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the
- Balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes
later, wearing a hairpiece.
- Applicant challenged interviewer to arm wrestle.
- Asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the personnel executive was
qualified to judge the candidate.
- Announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french
fries in the interviewer's office.
- Without saying a word, candidate stood up and walked out during the middle
of the interview.
- Man wore jogging suit to interview for position as financial vice president.
- Said if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate
logo tattooed on his forearm.
- Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview
- Wouldn't get out of the chair until I would hire him. I had to call the
- When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing
around my office.
- Had a little pinball game and challenged me to play with him.
- Bounced up and down on my carpet and told me I must be highly thought of
by the company because I was given such a thick carpet.
- Took a brush out of my purse, brushed his hair and left.
- Pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me. Said he
collected photos of everyone who interviewed him.
- Candidate asked me if I would put on a suit jacket to insure that the offer
- Said he wasn't interested because the position paid too much.
- While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out a copy
of Penthouse, and looked through the photos, stopping longest at the centerfold.
- During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate's briefcase.
He took it out, shut it off, apologized and said he had to leave for another
- 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, "l assume you're not interested in conducting
this 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.
- An applicant came in wearing only one shoe. She explained that the other
shoe was stolen off her foot in the bus.
- His attache opened when he picked it up and the contents spilled, revealing
ladies' undergarments and assorted makeup and perfume.
- He came to the interview with a moped and left it in the reception area.
He didn't want it to get stolen, and stated that he would require indoor parking
for the moped.
- He took off his right shoe and sock, removed a medicated foot powder and
dusted it on the foot and in the shoe. While he was putting back the shoe
and sock, he mentioned that he had to use the powder four times a day, and
this was the time.
- Candidate said he really didn't want to get a job, but the unemployment
office needed proof that he was looking for one.
He whistled when the interviewer was talking.
- Asked who the "hot babe" was, pointing to the picture on my desk. When I
said it was my wife, he asked if she was home now and wanted my phone number.
I called security.
- She threw-up on my desk, and immediately started asking questions about
the job, like nothing had happened.
- 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.
- Asked if I wanted some cocaine before starting the interview.