13 Worst Interview Blunders of 2012January 10, 2013 by Steven Rothberg
Inexperience with proper interview etiquette or the pressure to make a lasting impression on a prospective employer can sometimes cause workers to show surprising errors in judgment. Hiring managers provided real-life examples of the most peculiar behaviors they witnessed in job interviews:
- Candidate said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal.
- Candidate denied that he had a cell phone with him even though it could be heard ringing in the briefcase beside him.
- Candidate emptied the employer’s candy dish into her pocket.
- Candidate said he didn’t like getting up early and didn’t like to read.
- Candidate asked to be paid “under the table.”
- Candidate reached over and placed a hand on the interviewer’s knee.
- Candidate commented that he would do whatever it takes to get the job done, legal or not.
- Candidate hugged the president of the company.
- Candidate called his wife to see what they were having for dinner.
- Candidate asked to postpone the start date so she could still get holiday gifts from vendors at her current job.
- Candidate called in sick to her current employer during the interview, faking an illness.
- Candidate said he didn’t want the job if he had to work a lot.
- Candidate wouldn’t answer a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.
Source: Survey conducted by Harris Interactive© from November 1 to November 30, 2012, and included more than 2,600 hiring managers and 3,900 workers nationwide.
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