What NOT to Say During an Interview

It’s common to be nervous before attending an interview. I mean heck… sweaty palms, fumbling over words, lack of eye contact… it happens all the time. I see many signs of interview nervousness and tend to blow it off to just that. However, there are some instances where the manager just couldn’t ignore the red flags. A survey of top personnel executives of 100 major American corporations turned up these stories of unusual behavior by job applicants. Here are some of the best of the collection of interview mishaps…

” A balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece.”

“Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.”

“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.”

“… 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.”

Q. What five or six adjectives best describe you?
A. Really, really, really, really, really cool.

Q. How do you handle change?
A. I usually put it in a jar in my sock drawer.

Q. Are you willing to take a drug test as part of your employment?
A. Sure. What kind of drugs do I get to test?

Have you ever seen something you could not believe in an interview? Maybe asked a very random question during an interview…  let us know your story.

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