Unexpectedly Intriguing!
13 March 2008

CareerBuilder.com just released the results its most recent online survey of hiring managers and HR professionals, in which the following list of the 10 "wackiest" things recent interviewees did during the course of their interviews was revealed. Our snarky comments added in italics....:

  • Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation.

    It's, like, even more important than you and this job opportunity, you see!...

  • Candidate told the interviewer he wouldn’t be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died - and his uncle wasn’t "looking too good."

    He could go at any moment - oh wait, my cell phone is ringing!

  • Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.

    Oh, and could we stop at the grocery store on the way? I want to pick up some beer for my uncle's funeral....

  • Candidate smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.

    Like Mighty Mouse and the scent of flowers, the hiring candidate drew the strength to prevail in the interview from breathing long and deep!

  • Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was "classified."

    Strangely, she said the same thing about submitting a urine sample for drug-screening.

  • Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss.

    It was a family business and I worked for my uncle. Why are you looking at me like that?

  • When applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn’t want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.

    But, that's a key job requirement for this sales position!...

  • A candidate for an accounting position said she was a "people person" not a "numbers person."

    My uncle never understood that....

  • Candidate flushed the toilet while talking to interviewer during phone interview.

    And so, we find the perfect metaphor to describe the candidate's chances of being hired!

  • Candidate took out a hair brush and brushed her hair.

    Because looking good in a job interview is the most important thing!

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