/ Asked by Tommy
What’s the worst thing you’ve seen a prospective hire do during an interview?
Answered by Jonathan, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Thursday, November 1, 2012
I have a lot of good stories - that most outside of the recruitment business probably wouldn't believe.  However, the one that sticks out the most is when a candidate decided to answer their phone during an interview and take the phone call.  It wasn't an emergency call, just a friend checking in and this individual took the call and was on for probably about five minutes while we sat there and waited.  Can't make that one up!  ; )  Lesson of the story is unless it's an emergency - let it go to voicemail. 
Answered by Todd, Hiring Expert at MetLife, on Friday, November 9, 2012
I have seen a few crazy things in my 14 years of being a recruiter. For the most part candidates try to act professional etc. but sometimes they get too comfortable and reveal personal situations, problems at home, credit issues etc. for no reason. The most common "worst" thing I see on a fairly regular basis is when a candidate goes on and on about how bad his/her current employer is and how horrible it is at XYZ Corporation and how he/she just can not wait to get out of there etc. While it might be true, it's not a good idea to talk about in an interview! It shows lack of professionalism and raises too many red flags. 

 
Answered by Carrie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, November 19, 2012
So I am curious where this question is coming from? While I’ve seen some downright mind-blowing behavior in interviews – truly the worst thing I’ve seen anyone do likely isn’t what you would expect. The interviewee was a well-dressed, very presentable candidate. However, anytime I asked him about specific skills or abilities, he was so completely over-confident about what he could do, that he was bold enough to answer most of the questions with responses such as, “I can do anything.” And even when I placated the answer and then tried to guide him to give me more specifics – he wouldn’t give me any, and as an interviewer – I had to conclude that it was because he couldn’t give me specifics. Unfortunately, he may have been very well-qualified, but I wasn’t able to validate that, and even though an interview is your time to brag about yourself a bit, you also should be humble and clearly able to answer the questions of the interviewer and articulate specifics.
Answered by Kristin, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
After 18 years of corporate recruiting, I often joke that I will write a book about all the unbelievable candidate situations I have encountered throughout the years.

To this day, one of the worst experiences I have had was when a woman I was interviewing decided to go into graphic details about a personal health situation she was having. It was incredibly uncomfortable and when I acknowledged that I was sorry she had that experience and tried to move the interview forward, she launched into more and more graphic details about her situation.

Moral of the story is, you may have had a personal situation that has affected your career in some way. But remember there is a way to appropriately answer a question about a change or gap in employment without going into graphic, personal details that will make the interviewer embarrassed or uncomfortable and eliminate your chances for being considered for the role.
Answered by Shaughn, Hiring Expert at Kellogg's, on Monday, December 3, 2012
I extended an interview to a young woman after she was highly recommended by internal employees and former employers. Upon hearing the accolades, I was confident that this was going to be a great interview.  However, to my dismay, the interview did not turn out as expected… The young woman showed up in attire that was very inappropriate for an interview/work environment. Her outfit was more suited for an evening out on the town. The interview consisted of sharing a presentation about herself and her greatest accomplishments. The presentation began by exploring her background as well as her personal and professional accomplishments. One of those accomplishments was her academic honors as a 4.0 student. Unfortunately, as she continued through her presentation, she began to highlight her other “accomplishments” which included trips to Cancun, alcohol, and other varies inappropriate information. Additionally, she included modeling pictures in a bikini and other clothing that was not business appropriate and left many individuals in the audience very uncomfortable. As one might imagine, she was not offered the role. When I called the candidate to let her know, I was asked if I could provide feedback. I was very professional and honest as I delivered the information. While she was disappointed that she didn’t receive an offer, she understood the reasoning and was extremely thankful for the feedback. Almost a year later, our paths crossed and she immediately came up to me and thanked me for my openness about her interview. Although she admitted it was one of the worst interviews she will probably ever have, she also stated that it was her best one because it taught her so much about the business/professional world.
Answered by Rodd, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I am always surprised when a potential candidate shows up not prepared for an interview, and becomes easily distracted. It bothers me when a candidate has their cell phone going off during an interview, and i remember even once, was asked if I minded if they took the call.
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