Here are some interview horror stories told by employers:
July 8, 1997
One of our employers asked "Can you tell me about what
you consider to be your biggest accomplishment to date?"
Answer - "well 3 weeks ago, I quit biting my fingernails
- it was a really hard habit for me to break". The interviewer
couldn't believe it - here was a recent graduate who had just
finished completing a 4 year degree but it paled in comparison
to quitting biting his nails. Just a reminder that it is always
better to answer questions using professional examples instead
of personal ones.
July 9, 1997
A firm placed an advertisement in a local newspaper for an
assistant who would be responsible for delivering mail and supplies.
The advertisement stated "Please send your resume to: Pat"
So and So at… such and such a business address. The next
evening someone phoned "Pat" at home and asked for
Mr. So and So. After being corrected that it was Ms. So and
So, the person next asked "What is a re-sume?".
There are four lessons in this story:
1.Always follow the directions exactly as stated in the advertisement
2.Never disturb a prospective employer at home.
3.Find out who the person doing the hiring is and address him
or her appropriately.
4.Know what a resume is and know how to pronounce it!
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