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Job interviews from hell C Connelly mcgil >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 go light
>years beyond this. We surveyed top personnel executives of
>100 major American corporations and asked for stories of
>unusual behavior by job applicants. The lowlights:
>1. "... stretched out on the floor to fill out the job
>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 her sleeve"
>6. "Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his
>loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his
>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
>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 brief case. 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 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."
>15. "His attache [case] opened when he picked it up and the
>contents spilled, revealing ladies' undergarments and
>assorted makeup and perfume."
>16. "Candidate said he really didn't want to get a job, but
>the unemployment office needed proof that he was looking for
>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
>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 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."

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