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Job seekers should learn from interview bloopers

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The first century Roman writer and poet, Publilius Syrus once said, “From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own.” Just as an earlier article demonstrated how job seekers could avoid resume blunders by reading examples of resume bloopers, this article demonstrates how job seekers can avoid job interview blunders by reading examples of job interview bloopers.

This short article will show readers only a small fraction of the examples of interview the bloopers available on various web sites. The first such web site has some examples of interview blunders of young job seekers who have just left school and are naïve regarding the requirements of the workplace. Examples of such job applicant interview blunders are:

  1. Bringing a large dog to the interview.
  2. Chewing bubble gum and constantly blowing bubbles.
  3. Wearing a Walkman.
  4. Whistling when the interviewer was talking.

On a second web site, there is an example of a job applicant who asked the interviewer to hurry the interview so he could catch a bus. Another job applicant showcased on this web site, reeking of cologne and chewing gum, displayed his hairy chest and a medallion.

On a third web site, there is a description of a woman job applicant who looked like she was dressed for a night on the town, instead of for a job interview.

On a fourth web site, there are examples of interviews during which one candidate recited poety and another one bragged about his prowess in the Dungeons and Dragons game.

On a fifth web site, there are examples of interviews during which a job candidate:

  1. Asked if the interviewer wanted to meet for a drink after work.
  2. Ate food stored in the employee break room after the interview.
  3. Clipped his fingernails during the interview.

On a sixth web site, there is a description of an interview during which a job candidate participated in a telephone interview while using the toilet. Also on that web site, another job candidate said that the biggest challenge she had encountered in the last three months was breastfeeding.

Good impression management is critical during job interviews. Learn also from others’ mistakes, rather than just from your own.

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