For instance, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder, one interviewee sang her responses to questions, while another did a phone interview in the bathroom — and flushed.
“It’s hard to say why a candidate would do some of these things,” explains Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “Maybe he or she is nervous, thinks an employer would find it funny, or perhaps the candidate simply has no boundaries.
“Regardless, it could cost the candidate the job, so funny or not, it’s likely not worth risking it with these actions. Your nerves can make you freeze up under the spotlight, and that’s normal. How you handle that is what matters.”
In the new survey from CareerBuilder, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among more than 2,500 hiring and human resource managers, employers shared the most memorable job interview mistakes candidates have made.
Here are 15 of the most unusual things that happened:
A candidate said her main job was being a psychic/medium and tried to read the interviewer's palm, despite their attempt to decline the offer.
When asked what the candidate's ideal job was, they said 'painter of birdhouses,' even though they were interviewing for a data entry clerk position.
A candidate started feeling the interviewer's chest to find a heartbeat so they could 'connect heart to heart.'
A candidate said she didn't want to leave her old job, but her boyfriend really wanted her to work for the company she was interviewing for so she could get a discount on products.
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