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HOW TO SCREW UP AN INTERVIEW
>>> We've all been interviewed for jobs. And, we've all spent most of
>>> those interviews thinking about what not to do. Don't bite your nails.
>>> Don't fidget. Don't interrupt. Don't belch. If we did any of the don'ts,
>>> we knew we'd disqualify ourselves instantly. But some job applicants
>>> years beyond this. We surveyed top personnel executives of 100 major
>>> American corporations and asked for stories of unusual behavior by job
>>> The lowlights:
1. "... stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application."
>>> 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 hr 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 answering
>>> 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 dumbstruck, 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. "While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out
>>> a copy of Penthouse, and looked through the photos only, stopping
>>> longest at the centerfold."
>>> 13. "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 interview."
>>> 14. "A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from his
>>> 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."
>>> 15. "His attache [case] opened when he picked it up and the contents
>>> spilled, revealing ladies' undergarments and assorted makeup and
>>> 16. "Candidate said he really didn't want to get a job, but the
>>> unemployment office needed proof that he was looking for one."
>>> 17. "... asked who the lovely 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."
>>> 18. "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
>>> 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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