The weirdest things candidates have done in interviews

The weirdest things candidates have done in interviews

According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, conducted online by Harris Poll, 50% of employers have made an internal decision about a candidate within the first five minutes – a one per cent increase on last year’s results.

So what are the influences shaping these quick-fire decisions? The survey collated the most memorable job interview mistakes employers have witnessed throughout the years; from body language faux pas to massaging lotion into their feet as well as attempting to read the palm of the interviewer.

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Comments (5)

  • AlexP
    Fri, 27 Jan 2017 1:40pm GMT
    Some oh so embarrassing candidate interviews here Confessions of a Recruitment Consultant including TWO acts of nudity, and a knife being drawn...!!!
  • Lelly G
    Lelly G
    Wed, 25 Jan 2017 3:36pm GMT
    I was once conducting a performance appraisal ( a kind of interview ) and the guy resopnded with "no comment" when questioned about his achievement of set targets ! The whole thing was like an episode of "24 Hours in Police Custody .!
  • Katy
    Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:38am GMT
    I heard of a candidate who actually held out a false hand (the kind you used to get in joke shops) when the interview for a sales rep was being wrapped up. The IV'er asked why on earth he should give the candidate the job after the hand came away as the poor guy shook it, "You'll never get another employee like me" was the reply. He gave him the job and as the story goes and that was the start of a beautiful friendship!
  • JoBro
    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 2:37pm GMT
    I can add to that - candidate pulled up both trouser legs and proceeded to pick several massive scabs off his legs and dropped them on the floor. I nearly vomited.
  • Big Dog
    Big Dog
    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 3:51pm GMT
    When asked why he wanted the position, candidate replied, “My wife wants me to get a job.” PMSL

    They say that honesty is the best policy, as for the rest of the strangest things a candidate has done in an interview, common sense and lateral thinking is clearly not these candidates strong suit.