Funny Interviews: Meet the Dumbest Job Applicants

Human resource pros share the worst things they've seen, from real candidates trying to get hired. Here's what not to do.

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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

Hey: TMI, people.


"A guy once talked during the interview about how an affair cost him a previous job."

Anonymous HR professional

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

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

Misunderstood the work.


"An individual applied for a customer-service job, and when asked what
he might not like about the job, he said, 'Dealing with people.'"

Source: Robert Half Technology

Brought a sidekick. Who wasn't patient.


"Once an applicant's friend came in and asked, 'How much longer?'"

Anonymous HR professional

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

Came hungry.


"I had someone eat all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions."

Anonymous HR professional

Called in an understudy.


"The candidate sent his sister to interview in his place."

Source: Robert Half Technology

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