What was the worst thing you've ever done during a job interview? Did you blank out during an important question? Maybe you inadvertently made a nasty comment about a former boss, or addressed the person you were speaking with by the wrong name. Whatever it was, it probably wasn't the worst thing a hiring manager has ever seen. Don't make the same mistakes these five job candidates did during their interviews.
Pants on fire
"I once had an interview where the person was not aware that I knew her former boss. I didn't know him that well, but when I mentioned it after some very nice conversation on our company and her potential role, she asked if she could check the copy of the résumé she gave me for a typo to "see if I had the right one." I handed it to her and she asked to use the ladies room. I never saw her again. When I asked her former boss about her, he told me she was a receptionist. I recall her résumé stating she was a project manager." – President of Seven Step RPO
Barking up the wrong tree
"We are a very dog-friendly office. In every interview we have, the dogs run up to the meeting room and greet the new guest. In most cases, the person being interviewed is very comfortable with this and loves that we have such a great office culture. But one candidate stopped the interview and asked if he could bark at our dogs. We just sat there, not really knowing how to respond, so he just started barking at them. We asked him what he was doing and he said it was to show his dominance. We were holding back our laughter and couldn't believe what we were seeing and hearing. We quickly knew he was not a fit and cut the interview short." – CEO and co-founder of Lettuce [Job Interview Tips: 11 Do's and Don'ts]
Home sweet home
"We had a candidate come in and as we walked past the kitchen, he stopped and asked if he could grab some of the snacks off the counter. He proceeded to help himself to food, candy and gum that was on the counter. He then sat down with the interviewer and his phone rang. He pulled out his phone to look at who was calling him in the middle of answering a question!" – Chief people officer of Sky Zone
She wore an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny…
"A couple of years ago, I was hiring a registered dietitian. After a few email correspondences and phone interviews, I determined that a woman who lived out-of-state was a qualified candidate and scheduled an in-person interview. She had expressed her desire to move to Naples, Fla., and enjoy our beautiful white beaches year round. Roughly two weeks before the interview, she showed up unannounced to the office straight from one of those beautiful beaches — bikini, sarong, sweat, sand and all. She asked for her interview early, at which point I let her know the position had been filled. Two big lessons here: Do not arrive unannounced to a prospective company's office, and always, always, always shower and dress professionally. A bikini top will never be considered office appropriate attire." – CEO and co-founder of bistroMD
'Mom, I'm on the phone!'
"I once had to do a phone interview with an internship applicant who was home from college for winter break at the time. We had some issues with cell phone reception so she called me from a landline. While we were talking, her mother picked up the phone to use it, and the applicant told her, "Mom, I'm on the phone." Her mother responded, "Oh, okay. Bye, whoever you're talking to. Love you," and hung up. We actually brought her in for a second interview and ultimately offered her the position, but then she wouldn't return any form of communication, so we had to withdraw." – Associate editorial director of BlueLink Marketing/Surviving College
Originally published on Business News Daily.