▲1 What advice would you give to someone who’s attending their first job interview?
Make a list of “does and don’t”.
Compare your lists. Do you agree with all the advice.
▲2 Read the introduction to the article. What do you imagine “unusual behavior” might include?
▲3 Now read the rest of the article. Which stories do you find difficult to believe?
The job interview:things not to say and do
We’ve all been interviewed for jobs. And we’ve spent most of those interviews thinking about what not to do. Don’t bite your nails. Don’t fidget. Don’t interrupt. But some job applicants go a long way beyond this. We surveyed the top personal executives of a hundred major corporations and asked for stories of unusual behavior by job applications.
An applicant said he was so well qualified that if he didn’t get the job, it would prove the management was incompetent.
She wore a Walkman but told me she could listen to the music and me at the same time.
A balding candidate abruptly left the room and returned a few minutes later wearing a hairpiece.
He challenged me to an arm wrestle.
She asked to see my resume to check if I was qualified to judge her.
She complained that she hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and fries in my office.
He promised to demonstrative his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm if he were hired.