Given the current labor market, it isn’t surprising that recruitment has become HR’s No. 1 challenge. But it’s surprising what can happen during job interviews. Here are some of the most unusual experiences you shared:
- The CEO conducted interviews at candidates’ homes so that he could meet the family. He would ask the candidates’ spouses why we should hire that person.
- A management candidate arrived for his interview so drunk he couldn’t stand straight.
- A job candidate said that he didn’t use Windows 95® because Microsoft asked him not to.
- During an interview, an applicant (who was also a musician) sang a song—and really belted it out.
- I was called out of my office during an interview. While standing just outside my door, my colleague and I heard the candidate opening the drawers of my desk and file cabinets.
- A candidate explained that she was no longer living at the address on her résumé because her home had been taken over by aliens.
- A candidate for a factory job stripped off her pullover sweater during an interview. She wasn’t wearing anything underneath it.
- A candidate came in for an interview wearing an ear on a chain around his neck.
- An applicant told all her friends she was hired for a receptionist opening, and then just showed up and sat at the reception desk. We had not made her an offer.
- A woman came into the office to apply for a job with a 4-inch knife blade sticking out of her purse.
- A candidate asked about the salary for a position because he wanted to be sure he would earn enough to have beer money for the weekend.
- A candidate brought lunch to an interview because it was scheduled during his lunch time.
Workforce, June 1999, Vol. 78, No. 6, p. 42.