Interviews Gone Wrong

 
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
 
Finalist -

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
 
Interviewee leaned back in the chair, put his feet on the desk and proceeded to tell me how he wanted more money than the position offered but didn't really like to work very much, so he'd need Fridays off and only wanted to work 4-5 hours the rest of the days. Wanted to know if flag day was a day off!

Author: Anonymous
 
An applicant said she was a "people person", not a "numbers person", in her interview for an accounting position.

Author: Anonymous
 
Sleeping at work
I went to the lobby to meet a candidate for an interview, and as I walked around the corner the candidate was picking at their toe nails“cleaning them out”. Very awkward moment as the candidate was really embarrassed. At the end of the interview I asked the candidate what they were looking for in a company, and
they replied “I am looking to have a manager that understands
there is more to life than just work and that although I am a hard worker and I am extremely dedicated I will from time to time need time off to take care of personal affairs”.  I asked the candidate what that meant and they said their last manager expected them to be at work and never take time off
and that they just don’t want to look back and say they only ever worked and never took time for themselves.

Author: Anonymous

 
I had an applicant show up for an interview with her family in the lobby. When I met her in the conference room, her wig was twisted and almost off the side of her head. It was very difficult maintaining eye contact with her as the desire to reach up and straighten her wig was very strong. During the interview, she told me that while she had relatively little experience, she needed to make at least $16.00 per hour in order to justify taking a job. She had very poor communication skills, wrinkled clothing and looked like she had just rolled out of the bed - the interview occurred at 2:00 in the afternoon.

Author: Anonymous