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Old 06-14-2010, 02:10 AM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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what are some of the wackiest or bizarre job candidates you've encountered? Share your stories ...
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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The most memorable "wacky" one I remember is when the first words out of the candidate's mouth were that he doesn't want to work for the department he was interviewing for and could I hook him up with another department.

He was surprised when that ended the interview.
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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The girl that brought her dog with her to the interview. A long hair chihuahua with a pink sweater that matched the suit the girl was wearing. She wasn't interviewed, let alone hired.
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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The girl that brought her dog with her to the interview. A long hair chihuahua with a pink sweater that matched the suit the girl was wearing. She wasn't interviewed, let alone hired.
Why?

I really don't understand some people on here. This isn't even an attack on you, just in general there are so many HR people on here who don't hire people based on things that have nothing to do with the job on hand.

I've seen someone on here throw away someone because they were chewing gum during the interview.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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Why?

I really don't understand some people on here. This isn't even an attack on you, just in general there are so many HR people on here who don't hire people based on things that have nothing to do with the job on hand.

I've seen someone on here throw away someone because they were chewing gum during the interview.
You would bring a dog to an interview? In an office?

(And some people wonder why they are unemployed)
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:22 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Why?

I really don't understand some people on here. This isn't even an attack on you, just in general there are so many HR people on here who don't hire people based on things that have nothing to do with the job on hand.

I've seen someone on here throw away someone because they were chewing gum during the interview.
Uh ... I don't work in HR but even I would question the candidate's judgment for bringing a DOG to an interview and for wearing a PINK business suit that matches the dog's pink sweater? That does not reek of sanity.

BTW: Chewing gum during an interview is downright disrespectful and impairs your speech. Not appropriate.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:23 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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The most memorable "wacky" one I remember is when the first words out of the candidate's mouth were that he doesn't want to work for the department he was interviewing for and could I hook him up with another department.

He was surprised when that ended the interview.
That is just plain rude for this candidate to waste the interviewer's time. He needs to get a clue if he really wants a job.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I once briefly worked in an HR office of a governmental agency and was told by an applicant processing clerk that a candidate was advised to bring in additional information to complete his application. This candidate proceeded to go into the restroom and jotted down the "additional" info on a paper towel he got from the restroom.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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You would bring a dog to an interview? In an office?

(And some people wonder why they are unemployed)
Would I bring a dog? No way.

Would I not hire someone just because of the fact that they did? No. I'd still give them a fair interview.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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Uh ... I don't work in HR but even I would question the candidate's judgment for bringing a DOG to an interview and for wearing a PINK business suit that matches the dog's pink sweater? That does not reek of sanity.

BTW: Chewing gum during an interview is downright disrespectful and impairs your speech. Not appropriate.
Sorry, I can't see how chewing gum is at all disrespectful.

This is the type of stuff I'm talking about. How can such petty things stop someone from getting a job? I don't understand it, its stupid.
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