Top Personnel Executives of 100 major US corporations were contacted and
asked for stories of unusual behavior by job applicants:
"He said he was so well-qualified that if he didn't get the job it would
prove that the company's management was incompetent."
"When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing
around my office."
"During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate's brief
case. He took it out, shut it off, apologised and said he had to leave for
"An applicant came in wearing only one shoe. She explained that the other
shoe was stolen off her foot on a bus."
"She threw-up on my desk and immediately started asking questions about the
job, like nothing had happened."
"She wore a walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the
"A balding candidate abruptly excused himself. He returned a few minutes
later with a hairpiece."
"The applicant challenged me to an arm wrestle."
"He asked to see my CV to see if I was qualified to judge."
"She announced that she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger
"Without saying a word, the candidate stood up and walked out in the middle
of the interview."
"He came to the interview with a moped, left it in reception stating that
would require indoor parking for it should he get the job."
"He would not get out of the chair unless I would hire him. I had to call
"He bounced up and down on my carpet and told me I must be highly thought
of by the company because I was given such a thick carpet."
"He pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me. He
said that he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him."
Without saying a word, he stretched out on the floor to fill out the job
"He said he wasn't interested because the position paid too much."