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Lighter side: Top 10 interview insanities

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HC Online | 20 Jan 2014, 07:50 AM Agree 0
It’s a weird, weird world out there. Recruiting experts have shared their top outrageous mistakes from job candidates.
  • Kris | 20 Jan 2014, 01:25 PM Agree 0
    When asked about professional development and how our candidate keeps up to date with industry trends, the candidate replied that he likes to do most of his reading in "the smallest room of the house"... And then felt the need to point out that he was referring to the toilet.
  • Bernie Althofer | 20 Jan 2014, 02:13 PM Agree 0
    I was an external panel member. All the applicants being interviewed were given a copy of the questions prior to the interview so they could make notes. When the applicant came into the interview, they had made no notes. The panel chair asked the first question to which the response was: "So this is for real". When pressed, the applicant replied "I am in the position, so I thought it would only be a formality". The applicant did not get the job, the panel convenor was pressured into leaving, and the selected person did not stay.
  • Deborah | 21 Jan 2014, 01:40 PM Agree 0
    Probably the stand-out in my book was being presented with a beautiful rose made out of folded paper at the beginning of the interview. I was a bit suprised and taken aback, but even more so when I accepted the proferred flower to discover it had been created out of toilet paper and told it had been created "while he was waiting". I was tempted to ask, "waiting for what?" but wasn't sure I really wanted the answer to that one...
  • Rach | 23 Jan 2014, 01:25 PM Agree 0
    I had one lady pick her nose throughout the interview with one hand, trying to cover up what she was doing up with the other hand. It was obviously an uncontrollable habit. The worst part was when she shook my hand a the end! Euugh! Massive amounts of disinfectant needed! These days I would have crreatively declined to shake her hand, but at the time I was pretty new to interviewing and wasn't really sure what to do!
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