You won’t believe some of the things that people say at interview. Maybe it is nerves; maybe it is just a complete lack of understanding about how interviews work. Unfortunately, the end result is always the same …. Thank you, but no thank you ….don’t call us, we’ll call you [snigger snigger].
The first bloopers are usually the clothes people wear to the interview. Let me reiterate in case there is any doubt – sandals, shorts and vests are NOT suitable. You may laugh, but a colleague of ours reported just such a candidate. And to make matters worse (if that is possible) he told the interviewer to hang on ‘just a sec’ when she came to collect him from reception, because he was in the middle of a game on his phone and ‘had nearly completed the level’. Perhaps he needs to sort out his priorities as I am sure he will have loads of time to complete the level when he remains unemployed!
Other fashion mistakes include the man who wore a nice suit and tie with bright white trainers; the lady who looked like she had come to the interview straight from a club; and the student who looked like he had literally just got out of bed. Not surprisingly, none of these made a good impression and none of these landed the job.
However, if you think these fashion mistakes are ridiculous, wait until you hear some of the things that people come out with at interview in response to questions. Now, you may read these and think that some of these are made up – I wish they were! Sadly, these are all genuine things that people have said at interviews across the world.
Q: Tell us about a problem you had with a co-worker and how you resolved it
A: …. The resolution was that we were both fired
Q: What are you hobbies and interests?
A: Well, as you can see, I am a young, virile man and I am single – if you ladies get my meaning….
Q: Why are you interested in this job?
A: Cigarettes are getting more expensive so I need another job
Q: Why do you want to work for us?
A: Just for the benefits really
Q: What are your weaknesses?
A: I get angry easily, and I went to jail for domestic violence, but I promise I won’t get mad at you
Q: When can you start?
A: I need to check with my mum on that one
Q: Do you have any questions for us?
A: What is your company’s policy on Monday absences?
There you go. I did warn you so stop laughing in disbelief. People say the funniest things at interview and then wonder why they don’t land the job.
Now, it is easy for us to laugh at the stupidity of other people, but in reality, I am sure that some of your answers at interview have also been pretty bad. Hopefully not quite this bad, but bad enough that the interviewers struggled to give you any points for your answer. To be honest, it is not surprisingly really as interviewing skills are something that we never learn unless we go out of our way to seek development.
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