Interviews Gone Wrong

 
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The Booger Interview

I literally had an interview where the candidate had a huge booger hanging out of his nose. When I informed him of this he began to pick the booger and it fell on the desk. He cleaned it up with a tissue I provided. He then abruptly excused himself and left. It was so uncomfortable.

Author: Anonymous


 
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He Didn't Wash his Hands!

Not too long ago I had an appointment with a candidate. While  in the  restroom washing my hands I happened to notice someone walk out of the  bathroom stall without washing his hands, “gross”,  I thought. This in one of my  biggest pet peeves, since I come in contact with people on a daily basis and  would prefer not to pick up some germs. This is where the story gets  good, I went back to my office and the receptionist rang me to inform me my 1:30  appointment was in the lobby. Low and behold my 1:30 was the person from the bathroom!  I met the candidate at the front and sure enough they reached out to shake my  hand.  I informed them I had arthritis, so I was unable to shake his hand. I  think he knew I saw him in the restroom. I showed him to the interview and  excused myself for one brief second to inform our receptionist that he had not  washed his hands in the bathroom, she just gazed
at her hands for a brief  second… I take it that she shook his hand!

 
 
 
I had a candidate ask if she should list her last employer on her resume. I asked her about the position and she explained that she was a stripper but mainly hosted so thought it would be good for breaking into the hospitality industry. My reply…uh, no.

Author: Anonymous
 
A Huge drop of drool came out of candidate's mouth while listening to a question. He never wiped it off or even acted as anything ever happened.

Author: Anonymous
 
I recall an interview with someone who really bagged her former employer. I asked why she left her last job and she said, “Well, it just was not a good fit”. (She was fired.) I replied, “Tell me why it was not a good fit”. She said, with her eyes brightening up, “You’re not supposed to say anything negative about your former employer and I know that, but, you won’t care. This lady I worked for was crazy.” Turns out somehow during the conversation she even told me that this lady, the owner’s wife, was jealous of her because she wore very skimpy clothes and was flirtatious. She said she liked to wear skimpy clothes and she knew the owner (husband) loved it. Then she kept telling me how this lady was always mean to her and blah…blah…blah….

I thought…..really, did you just share that with me?

Author: Anonymous

 
I greeted a candidate for an interview and as she grabbed my hand to shake it she apologized stating that she had just come from a work out. Her hand was moist (sweaty). We went into the interview room and I was struggling to make it through the first 3 or 4 questions and answers due to the large amount of perfume she had apparently applied after her workout. The perfume was so strong it was literally choking me. As if it was not bad enough already, during the interview she asked if she might step out to use the restroom. Although, I didn’t mind the break to catch my breath.

Author: Anonymous

 
I have always had a tenancy to go out of the office and walk in after the candidate has arrived to see them interact with others to get that first impression . After coming into the office and chatting with the receptionist I noticed that he was picking his nose and wiped it under the chair. I went back to my office and had our receptionist call me to the front to meet with my appointment. The first thing he did was try to shake my had with the booger hand. I had to advert the situation and say I just washed my hands and they were a little wet still.

Author: Anonymous
 
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Got Bed Head?

I will never forget the candidate that asked me when my baby was due – all very pleasant until I let him know I was not pregnant, he looked at the floor for a long time before saying “I don’t have the job do I?” – fortunately for him I was able to forgive and take him on his merits (good Recruiter!) but he was still not the man for the job. I bet he never mentioned pregnancy again to a woman even if she was giving birth!

Author: Anonymous