Interviewing Flubs
By: Dan Miller

Now I know none of you would be this ignorant, but it continues to amaze me when I hear what people actually do in interview situations:

OfficeTeam (, a worldwide staffing company, recently hired an independent research firm to survey hiring
executives at the 1,000 largest U.S. companies. The question: What are the strangest things that job candidates have said or done in interviews? Here are some of their more memorable answers:

--- After answering the first few questions, the candidate picked up his cell phone and called his parents to let them know the interview was going well.

--- The person got up just a few minutes after the interview had begun, saying he left his dog in the car and needed to check on him.

--- When asked why she wanted to work for this company, the candidate replied, "That's a good question. I really haven't given it
much thought."

--- When asked how he would improve sales if hired, the candidate replied, "I'll have to think about that and get back to you." He then stood up, walked out, and never came back.

--- Asked by the hiring manager why he was leaving his current job, the candidate replied, "My manager is a jerk. All managers are jerks."

--- When the interviewer asked what the candidate was earning, she answered, "I really don't see how that is any of your business."

--- 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."

--- The candidate asked for an early morning interview. He showed up with a box of doughnuts and ate them during the interview, saying this was the only time he'd have to eat breakfast before going to work.

--- When asked by the hiring manager about his career goals, the candidate replied, "To work the least amount of time possible until I can get your job."

Need I say that none of these folks was hired? The moral, according to OfficeTeam executive director Liz Hughes: "Think before you speak. The first thing that comes to your mind might not be the most appropriate thing to share with the hiring manager." How true.


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