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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.

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Gave more than a handshake

"Someone applying for a job hugged me at the end of the interview." —Anonymous HR professional. These resume mistakes could cost you the job.

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Ordered in lunch

"Applicant delivered prepaid Chinese food, including a fortune cookie with his name and phone." —Anonymous HR professional

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Spammed a prospective employer

"Applicant put up posters of himself in the company parking lot." —Anonymous HR professional

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Wore the wrong outfit

"The candidate arrived in a catsuit." —Source: Robert Half Technology. These are the secrets your HR department isn't telling you.

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Got too creative

"Applicant announced his candidacy with a singing telegram." —Anonymous HR professional

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Thought he was larger than life

"Applicant rented a billboard, which the hiring manager could see from his office, listing his qualifications." —Anonymous HR professional

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Shared his "happy" hours

"Candidate specified that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was 'drinking time.'" —Anonymous HR professional

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Tried to justify the crime

"Candidate explained an arrest by stating, 'We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.'" —Anonymous HR professional. Check out these resume writing tips from HR representatives.

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Forgot to proofread the cover letter

"Advertising is a tough business. Which may be why one prospective adman wrote a cover letter boasting, 'I am getting to my goal, slowly but surly.'" —Anonymous HR professional

 

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Was just weird

"A job applicant came in for an interview with a cockatoo on his shoulder." —Source: Robert Half Technology

 

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest