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Interview Bloopers

Vice Presidents and personnel directors of the one hundred largest corporations were asked to describe their most unusual experience interviewing prospective employees.

* A 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 arm during interview.

* Candidate announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewers office.

* Candidate explained that her long-term goal was to replace the interviewer.

* Balding Candidate excused himself and returned to the office a few minutes later wearing a headpiece.

* Applicant said if he was hired he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.

* Applicant interrupted interview to phone her 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 during interview.

The employers were also asked to list the "most unusual" questions that have been asked by job candidates.

* "What is it that you people do at this company?"

* "What is the company motto?"

* "Why aren't you in a more interesting business?"

* "Why do you want references?"

* "Do I have to dress for the next interview?"

* "I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?"

* "Will the company move my rock collection from California to Maryland?"

* "Does your health insurance cover pets?"

* "Does your company have a policy regarding concealed weapons?"

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