My clients and I were interviewing a man who arrived prepared with several sealed 8×11 envelopes. When he sat down, he asked if we needed a copy of his resume. I said “no thank you” because I already had one sitting on the table in front of me he’d already provided. He mentioned that he also brought some additional documents like references. He began describing his last manager with such anger and venom, I was concerned and actually did want to see the references he brought. When he opened the envelope to hand them over, he struggled with the envelope’s seal. While I was curiously wondering why the envelopes were sealed to begin with, he whipped out a huge serrated edge knife to slice one open. Wide eyed in amazement, we unfortunately did not hear what he said because we were so focused on that knife. We ended the interview really quickly, realizing that the candidate was probably not a great fit.
While this individual had some really amazing experience, my client actually felt somewhat threatened in the interview process. Be careful how you present yourself to future employers. While opening a letter with an appropriate tool is certainly understandable, carrying a weapon into the interview is probably not the best way to secure your chances for employment.
I was recently performing an interview for one of my clients. As I introduced myself to a well dressed candidate, the first question out of her mouth was “What animal left the long green poop on the sidewalk? Was it a goose? I think it’s a goose.”
While the question was entertaining to me and my fellow interviewer, the inappropriateness of the comment showed us this candidate was not thinking about the interview at hand. Listening to the random comments of your future employee will give you amazing insight into whether they are really interested in “THIS” job, not just “A” job. You want to look for people who are focused on the job that is at hand and who present themselves in the best possible light to ensure that they will receive this job offer.
If poop is their first question, probably not the A-List candidate you are looking for.