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10 Bizarre Things Candidates Did in Job Interviews!

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We all have been through the tough times of sitting in front of the hiring managers and being judged for our behavior and charisma. Grilling interview sessions can be nerve-wrecking and panicking, but does that justify brining in pets for an interview? Sounds bizarre no?

Here is our collection of some of the most bizarre things that candidates have done during the interviews, which almost costed them the job!   Have you had any such experience too?

  1. A candidate brought his pet bird in his shirt.
    His bird wanted the job, maybe.
  2. A candidate opened her brief-case, took out a large bag and started to re-apply her make-up; that too in the interview room in front of the managers.
    Maybe, she wanted all the attention, but didn’t she already have it all?
  3. A candidate applied lotion to her feet during the interview.
    What was it? Some sort of cracked feet emergency!
  4. When asked about his current employer, the candidate started using cuss words; “My manager is a jerk. All managers are jerks.”
    Wasn’t the interviewer a manager? Fingers crossed…
  5. When being complimented on the choice of college and the GPA achieved, the candidate replied “I am glad it received your attention, I didn’t really go there.”
    That is not lying; It’s called seeking attention.
  6. A candidate took a telephonic interview in the toilet­‑ and flushed, in between.
    Very well done, but, asking to call in a few minutes wouldn’t have hurt much.
  7. A company employee went to receive a prospective candidate on the airport, where the candidate said “it is way too cold to live and work in this city” and took a flight way back home without even meting the hiring manager.
    Priorities. Priorities.
  8. When asked about their current salary, the candidate replied “I really don’t see, how this is your business.”
    He was clearly uncomfortable with the manager, after-all all managers are jerks.
  9. A candidate started to Google an answer to a question.
    Now, that is called a smart move.
  10. A candidate started feeling the heartbeat of the interviewer so that they could have a heart-to-heart connection.
    That shouldn’t have been weird; at least they tried to have a good start.

Appearing for a job interview is more than preparing answers to some questions but also putting a good impression of your innate personality. Maybe, these candidates literally took it to another level, but having a solid understanding of the role and the company and knowing the exact way of delivering your thoughts is the key to crack any job interview.



One thought on “10 Bizarre Things Candidates Did in Job Interviews!

  1. Bryan Edwards

    I did have a candidate who came in with a copy of a newspaper underneath his arm. Half way through he proceeded to start reading it (in-between me writing down his responses). He didn’t get the job!
    Bryan – training delivery and off shelf course materials


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