Being in the business of finding people jobs for 30 years has been very rewarding, but every now and again somebody does something bizarre that surprises even me!  Here are a few examples of things that people have done in interviews that really had me scratching my head:

  1. Taking out a Danish pastry and eating it while being interviewed.
  2. Stopping to have a beer on the way to the interview (beer-breath is not a promising sign).
  3. Bringing their Mom to the interview (Mom followed the candidate into the interview room and answered all the questions for him).
  4. Carrying a kindergarten appropriate lunch box into the interview and leaving it there by mistake.
  5. Wearing an evening gown because the recruiter advised them to “dress formally” for the interview.

Do you have any surprising stories to share about interviews?