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Monday, 26 April 2010

What the heck...

Is this for real? Do people really do this?

I was browsing through the news this morning when starting my day. The one article was on "9 Ways to Ensure You Don't Get the Job". Link here.

The writer lists things like "Don't spam your resume" and "Don't ask what the company does". Fairly logical and reasonable, the kind of tips we see often, but I nearly fell out of my chair when I read:

Come with your own beverages.
Many hiring managers dislike it when people bring their own take-out cups of coffee to drink during an interview, according to career strategist Barbara Safani. It can come across as far too informal. And if you bring a child's Hello Kitty lunch box containing utensils to brew your own tea, as one candidate did when meeting Terdik, you will be memorable--but not in a good way.
People do this?? Seriously?

And this....

Bring the family.
Erin Duddy, a recruiter at a small staffing firm in Raleigh, has been unpleasantly surprised when a candidate brings a baby or a child to an interview. "If you absolutely must bring children to the company, at least clear it ahead of time," she recommends.

A hiring manager at a Florida hospital adds that bringing a spouse or parent to the interview--or letting a loved one negotiate your salary and benefits for you--is one way to ensure you'll get no salary and benefits.

I'm sitting here shaking my head... it boggles the mind.... We live in an insane world...


  1. LOTS of laughter over here...how funny. What intelligent person (especially a job-seeker) would think of bringing a cup of coffee along with them to a job interview...that's craziness !!!


    but entertaining.....

  2. Grin! I once had an interview-ie show up an hour late. Hair all askew, bathing suit top open to view under her wrinkled shirt, she explained that she had fallen asleep on the beach after a late party. Think I hired her?

  3. laughs...and shakes my head

  4. Glad I wasn't the only one who thought this was just waaaaaaay over the top.

  5. If you need instructions, you're already in trouble... That applies to SOOoooo many things.

  6. Bert.... too many people need instructions for common sense nowadays. Though the trouble with interviews is that a lot of the 'rules' are changing... BUT basic good sense should cover it, right?


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