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Applicants gone wild: Top 10 blunders by interviewees

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1. You tell ’em, Mom!
“Nothing’s more fun than a two-for-one! I’ve had candidates show up for interviews with their significant others wondering if we’d hire them, too! Another fun interview is when candidates bring a parent along. It’s especially disconcerting when the candidate is clearly an adult in their mid-20s!” — Cindy

2. Candidate, phone home
“I interviewed a woman who showed up to the interview with a Bluetooth attached to her ear. After a few minutes into the interview, she said, ‘Oh, just a minute. I have a call.’” — J.J.

3. The late stripper
“I once had a candidate show up late and apologize because she had been busy stripping … and not wood either. Who admits that in a job interview?” — Mary Anne   

4. The fashion police
“I had a candidate arrive to the interview an hour late, she blamed it on ‘traffic.’ Then, she looked at me and said, ‘Wow, I clearly overdressed for this.’” — J.S.

5. Bring me a man!
“A gentleman from the Middle East told me that he refused to be interviewed by a woman and then refused to talk further until I presented a man to him … ah, no thanks.

“But the worst was an applicant who tried to explain why his credit report was bad. He said his car had been repossessed because a family member had shot himself in the head in it and they couldn’t get the smell of blood out of the car so they couldn’t sell it. Yuck!” — Jo

6. And the résumé stunk, too
“We had an applicant whose bodily essence left a trail from the front door to the interview room and lingered so bad that the applicant’s chair needed to be replaced!” — Fran

7. Matchmaker, matchmaker
“One candidate (about 23 or 24 years old) proceeded to ask me about the hiring manager’s extremely handsome son and asked me to find out if he had a girlfriend.” — D.M.

8. No means no … usually

“I interviewed a young lady and she was not picked. I sent her a ‘no’ letter, but she continued to call almost every day to explain why she should be hired. She would swear and yell at me over the phone. This went on for two months. Finally, we had to send her a certified letter from the labor attorney to stop contacting us or we were going to pursue legal action.

“I had another guy interview once who kept telling me after the interview that he would report on Monday for work, but he was never offered the job and I reminded him of that.  He showed up that Monday and I told him to leave.” — Janelle

9. Sweaty palms
“A candidate who was perspiring profusely reached into his shirt under his armpits and then wiped his hands on his pants. As the interview wrapped up, I prayed he wouldn’t offer a handshake … he did! Gross!!” — Kellie

10. Beer … the ultimate motivator!
“When I asked a candidate for a customer service supervisor position how he motivates his staff, he told me that he takes them out for happy hour and gets them drunk.” — Suzanne 

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