Do you ever grow tired of these? Employers Share Most Memorable Interview Blunders

Recruiters and HR Pros always love to exchange these tales. Here is the latest round up. I'm particularity curious about the acting out of a Star Trek role. As a recruiter I also always enjoy a big hug from a candidate after completion of interview. What ones might you add to this list RBC? 


The national survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive(c) from November 6 to December 2, 2013, and included a representative sample of 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

Most Memorable Mistakes

When asked to share the most outrageous mistakes candidates made during a job interview, employers gave the following real-life examples:

   -- Applicant warned the interviewer that she "took too much valium" and didn't think her interview     was indicative of her personality       
-- Applicant acted out a Star Trek role       
-- Applicant answered a phone call for an interview with a competitor
-- Applicant arrived in a jogging suit because he was going running after the interview
-- Applicant asked for a hug
-- Applicant attempted to secretly record the interview
-- Applicant brought personal photo albums
-- Applicant called himself his own personal hero
-- Applicant checked Facebook during the interview
-- Applicant crashed her car into the building
-- Applicant popped out his teeth when discussing dental benefits
-- Applicant kept her iPod headphones on during the interview
-- Applicant set fire to the interviewer's newspaper while reading it when the interviewer said "impress me"
-- Applicant said that he questioned his daughter's paternity
-- Applicant wanted to know the name and phone number of the receptionist because he really liked her

The complete article via WSJ: LINK

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While these make for great stories, I seriously have to question the phone interviewing skills of the recruiter who brought some of these people in to interview them!  Not all have foreseeable flags, but there are characteristics that you simply can't hide during a good phone interview.  I have had the occasional bottle-in-the-purse candidate, but nothing that really stands out as a sensational interviewing story!

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