14 of the strangest things people have done in a job interview


Every job seeker wants to stand out from the competition — but some candidates go about it all wrong.

For instance, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder, one interviewee sang her responses to questions, while another did a phone interview in the bathroom — and flushed.

“It’s hard to say why a candidate would do some of these things,” explains Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “Maybe he or she is nervous, thinks an employer would find it funny, or perhaps the candidate simply has no boundaries. Regardless, it could cost the candidate the job, so funny or not, it’s likely not worth risking it with these actions. Your nerves can make you freeze up under the spotlight, and that’s normal. How you handle that is what matters.”

In the new survey from CareerBuilder, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among more than 2,500 hiring and human resource managers, employers shared the most memorable job interview mistakes candidates have made.

Below are the 14 most ridiculous responses; that you should definitely never do.

1.       A candidate took a family photo off of interviewer’s desk and put it into her purse

2.       A candidate started screaming that the interview was taking too long

3.       A candidate said her main job was being a psychic/medium and tried to read the interviewer’s palm,

          despite their attempt to decline the offer

4.       When asked what the candidate’s ideal job was, they said ‘painter of birdhouses,’ even though they were

          interviewing for a data entry clerk position

5.       A candidate sang her responses to questions

6.       A candidate put lotion on their feet during the interview

7.       When asked why he wanted the position, a candidate replied, ‘My wife wants me to get a job’

8.       A candidate started feeling the interviewer’s chest to find a heartbeat so they could ‘connect heart to heart’

9.       A candidate brought a pet bird with them

10.   A candidate spread confetti around during the interview

11.   Interviewing for a job at a hotel, a candidate asked if it would be OK to also live in the hotel

12.   A candidate said she didn’t want to leave her old job, but her boyfriend really wanted her to work for the company

        she was interviewing for so she could get a discount on products

13.   A candidate shared a story about finding a dead body

14.   A candidate said he wouldn’t be willing to wear slacks because they don’t feel good

Just remember to relax and be yourself! Don’t overthink it. Everyone’s been in the same position before; your interviewer can relate.

I’d reccomend not doing the above though! 

Article taken from msn.com careers section.