Magazine article USA TODAY

How NOT to Get a Job

Magazine article USA TODAY

How NOT to Get a Job

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It may be a job-seeker's market, but if you're planning a career move, beware of interview mistakes that can prevent you from securing an employment offer. OfficeTeam, a national staffing service for administrative professionals, surveyed clients and colleagues for odd or unconventional interview antics. The question, "What is the most unusual thing you have ever heard of happening in a job interview?," involved the following often-hilarious examples:

* "After arriving for an early morning interview, the job-seeker asked to use the hiring manager's phone. She proceeded to fake a coughing fit as she called in sick to her boss."

* "When asked where she wanted to be in five years, the interviewee responded, `I don't plan that far ahead ... after all, I could be hit by a bus tomorrow.'"

* "When the hiring manager called the candidate, she asked him to bring several copies of his resume and three references. He called back an hour before the interview and asked to reschedule, saying his references couldn't come with him. …

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