WorkWise BlogTip: Don't play the fool in interviews

culp@workwise.netJanuary 6, 2013 


Candidates do want to stand out when they meet with recruiters and their client companies, but perhaps not as entertainers.

If they have a college degree and will be commanding a decent salary, you might think their smarts would transfer to interviews. Not always so, according to Kathy Harris, in executive search (

Harris mentions the man interviewing for a tech job paying more than $100,000. He spotted “snacks in the pantry,” she says, “asked the HR person if they were free and started filling his backpack.”

Was he just hungry or big on employee theft?

A recruiter warned the hiring manager at one company that the candidate being referred for a $90,000 developer analyst position wore body piercings. The candidate startled the interviewer “with silver fangs protruding from his cheeks,” Harris reports.

The HR interviewer in financial technology listened to a senior candidate for CMO confess to a weakness: “I can’t deal with hedge fund guys,” Harris relays. Too bad. If he’d researched the company’s customers, he could have spared himself the interview.

Then there was the disappearing act. Harris cites a business analyst interviewee at an investment bank. He left half-way through for the restroom, never to return.

Modesto Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service