It’s not difficult to find articles online telling us how to dress and how to behave in a job interview. A lot of the information are reminders and tips of things we already know. However, it would seem that not everything is a given. According to some of the biggest job websites and CEOs, there are no boundaries between an interview room and a telephone booth, a bathroom or a bedroom.
Take a look at this hilarious and slightly disturbing list of things that people have done in interviews – just in case you weren’t sure whether taking your socks off during an interview was a good idea.
“A job candidate grabbed her prospective employer’s candy dish and poured its entire content into her pocket.” – An anonymous hiring manager who participated in a recent study by CareerBuilder.com
“One job candidate called his wife to make dinner plans – during the interview.” – A hiring manager reporting to CareerBuilder.com
“Candidate challenged the interviewer to arm-wrestle.” -Fortune Magazine
“Job seeker wore a hat that read, “Take this job and shove it.” – CareerBuilder.com
Applicant removed her socks and placed them on her interviewer’s desk, claiming she was “too hot.” – ResumeBear
Candidate fell asleep during the interview. – ResumeBear
Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a “private” conversation. – CareerBuilder
During an interview for a biology-related job, the interviewer’s phone rang. When he saw the caller ID on his phone, he yelled, ‘Oh for f#%$ sake!’ and picked up. After yelling at the person on the other end of the line in fluent Japanese, he hung up, smashed a vase on his table in his rage and ran out of the office. – Reddit
Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview. – CareerBuilder
Candidate blew his nose and lined up the used tissues on the table. -CareerBuilder
Candidate entered interviewer’s office holding a cup of water. He drank it all, then leaned over and spit it into the potted plant. – Bloomberg BusinessWeek
“I collected the candidate from reception. He barked at me: “Coffee, sexy. Now, where’s your boss?” I then sat down to interview him.” – Twitter @raffers
It would seem that the boundaries for job interviews are not as clear cut as one would think.
We’re full of career advice here at PropellHer, but we’re certainly hoping that this was not considered necessary information! Why not ask one of our mentors their advice on what to do in an interview within your specific field? Find out here.
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