On the lighter side, here are some unusual experiences which really occured. Don’t let these happen to you.

From a survey sponsored by Robert Half International, an executive and professional recruiting company in the financial industry. Vice Presidents and personnel directors of 100 large corporations were asked to describe their most unusual experience interviewing prospective employees.

  • Job applicant challenged the interviewer to an arm wrestle.
  • Interviewee wore a Walkman, explaining that she could listen to the interviewer and the music at the same time.
  • Candidate fell and broke a bone during the interview.
  • Candidate announced she hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fires in the interviewer’s office.
  • Candidate said he never finished high school; was kidnapped and kept in a closet in Mexico.
  • Balding candidate excused himself and returned to the office a few minutes later wearing a hair piece.
  • Applicant said if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.
  • Applicant interrupted interview to phone his therapist for advice on how to answer specific interview questions.
  • Candidate brought large dog to interview.
  • Applicant refused to sit down and insisted on being interviewed standing up.
  • Candidate dozed off and started snoring during interview.