|We've all been
interviewed for jobs and, we've all spent most of those interviews thinking about what not
to do such as 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
go light years beyond this. A survey of over 100 top American corporations was conducted
where personnel executives were asked for stories of unusual behaviour by job applicants.
The following is a list of the greatest highlights and lowlights!!!
||"... stretched out
on the floor to fill out the job application."
||"She wore a
Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time."
||" A balding
candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later, wearing a
||"... asked to see
interviewer's resume to see if the personnel executive was qualified to judge the
||"... announced she
hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's
office - wiping the ketchup on her sleeve"
||"Stated that, if
he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on
phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions."
||"When I asked him
about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office."
||"At the end of the
interview, while I stood there dumbstruck, he went through my purse,
took out a brush, 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."
||"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 only, stopping longest at the centrefold."
interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate's brief case. He took it out, shut
it off, apologised and said he had to leave for another interview."
||"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, "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."
[case] opened when he picked it up and the contents spilled, revealing ladies'
undergarments and assorted makeup and perfume."
||"Candidate said he
really didn't want to get a job, but the unemployment office needed proof that he was
looking for one."
||"... 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."
||"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."