Tuesday, May 13, 2008

10 Real-Life Interview Mistakes from MSN

Here are 10 real-life mistakes that illustrate what not to do when you sit down for your next interview:

1. Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation. I’d hire that person…for IRS Tax Collector

2. Applicant 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." Got to give him points for honesty.

3. The job seeker asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview. This shows good fiscal responsibility. Cab fare is expensive

4. The applicant smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room. Must be a SNL fan

5. Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was "classified." And she would explain more but then she would have to kill you.

6. Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss. There are some bosses out there that need a butt-whipping…but maybe not the best place to bring it up

7. When the applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn't want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking. This shows forward thinking and the ability to plan ahead.

8. An applicant said she was a "people person" not a "numbers person" – in her interview for an accounting position. I’m not a “people person” I’m a “numbers person” maybe I should apply to be a greeter at Wal-Mart.

9. During a phone interview the candidate flushed the toilet while talking to hiring manager. If you gotta fo you gotta go...I think that is called multi-tasking.

10. The applicant took out a hairbrush and brushed her hair. It’s important to look nice for an interview

2 comments:

the Mom said...

At last I understand why my own beloved Computer Guy doesn't have a new job yet...it's that underarm sniffing thing...

Rob said...

Well shoot i wish i had know that before i sent his resume to friends of mine...oh who am i kidding, the types of friends i have all do worse than that...