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HR and hiring managers share stories of weirdest interview moments
Your job candidate sits down, takes a family photo off your desk and deposits it into her purse. Another one slips off her shoe, pulls out some Johnson’s baby lotion and proceeds to slather it on her foot. Seriously?
Yes, seriously. Those are real stories from HR and hiring managers who replied to a CareerBuilder survey on the worst interview flubs they’ve ever witnessed.
The nationwide survey, the results of which were released Jan. 14, was conducted online by Harris Poll from Nov. 4 to Dec. 1, 2015, and canvassed more than 2,500 hiring and HR managers. CareerBuilder specializes in HR software.
In addition to sharing stories about strange job interviews, the respondents answered questions about interview behaviors that annoyed or angered them. Lying, answering a cellphone during the interview, appearing arrogant, dressing inappropriately and swearing were among hiring managers’ top 5 deal breakers. Half of respondents said they knew within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate was a good fit for the position. The survey results have a sampling error of +/- 1.92 percentage points.
“Preparing for an interview takes a lot more than Googling answers to common interview questions,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief HR officer for CareerBuilder. “Candidates have to make a great first impression appearance-wise, have a solid understanding of the target company, know exactly how to convey that they’re the perfect fit for the job and control their body language.”
Strange Interview Behavior
The survey asked HR and hiring managers to share the biggest mistakes job candidates have made or the most unusual things candidates have done during an interview. According to the interviewers, candidates have:
Dana Wilkie is an online editor/manager for SHRM.
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