HR Reps Confess The Most Cringe-Worthy Things They’ve Seen From Job Candidates
Human resource pros share the worst things they’ve seen, from real candidates trying to get hired. Here’s what not to do.
Took the edge off…with a drink
“I swear this is true: Someone threw his beer can in the outside trash can before coming into the reception area.” —Anonymous HR professional. Know these things an HR person won’t tell you about keeping your job.
Read the directions wrong
“We ask prospective job applicants at our business to fill out a questionnaire. For the line ‘Choose one word to summarize your strongest professional attribute,’ one woman wrote, ‘I’m very good at following instructions.’” —Anonymous HR professional.
Grossed out the interviewer
“Someone once blew her nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of her.” —Anonymous HR professional. Never make these outfit mistakes when going to an interview.
Brought a sidekick. Who wasn’t patient
“Once an applicant’s friend came in and asked, ‘How much longer?’” —Anonymous HR professional. Avoid these cover letter disasters that won’t get you an interview.
Didn’t bother with research
“It’s amazing when people come in for an interview and say, ‘Can you tell me about your business?’ Seriously, people. There’s an Internet. Look it up.” —HR professional in New York City
Listed all experiences…relevant or not
“I had somebody list their prison time as a job. And an exotic dancer who called herself a ‘customer service representative.’” —Sharlyn Lauby, human resources consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Make sure that you never say these words in a job interview.