Dear Evil Skippy:
Assume an applicant makes it past the application and resume stage. Once someone has shown that they meet the minimum qualifications for a position, what are some things that person can do (or not do) during the interview other than demonstrate a lack of job skills that makes you reject him or her for the position? I know there are lots of reasons. I’m interested in your evil experiences.
I’ll take that as a compliment and not a sly way to create a “Do Not” list for some M.B.A. class on human resources.
Like you said, there are lots of reasons to reject a candidate based on what happens during the interview. Here are the first ten that I recall from my interviewing days:
- One tried to strangle me. (Here is the link to that tale.)
- One had so much (many?) head lice that his hair moved.
- One asked me if I minded living around so many gay people after I told him the name of the Seattle neighborhood where I was living at the time.
- One picked his nose throughout the interview.
- One took a call on her cell phone and proceeded to have a brief social conversation.
- One used my first name in an overly familiar way when answering each question, much like a stereotypical used car sales-person.
- One offered me a $25 bribe to get sent on to the final interview stage. A measly $25.00.
- One said it would be best if he could work alone because he “had a tendency to punch co-workers.”
- One sang an entire verse of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” at full voice after I casually mentioned my theory that most adults don’t know the words these days (singing despite my attempts to stop him).
- One said he prefers the colorized version of movies to the original versions.
— Evil Skippy
Do feel free to add your rejection reasons to the list. Share the pain.