How to annoy a job interviewer in 12 easy steps

(7) At the other end of the scale, there is a fine line between enthusiasm and desperation. I’m a sucker for a sob story and it is sad but true that there is, 99 per cent of the time, a reason why people are that desperate. Only the odd one is genuinely capable of changing their stripes and becoming a worthwhile employee.

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(8) Some of those include the stories of how ill-done they have been by every ex-boss they ever had. Each brief employment history is accompanied by a yawn-making tale in which it was never their fault. This group are always the victim.

(9) But in bitching the ex-bosses, there is also the group that tell you a similar tale but from a different stand point. Mr or Mrs Arrogance propound at length how they have known better than their old bosses and from their shelf stacking vantage point had total knowledge of how the company should have been run.

(10) Arrogance is one of my major hates at interview altogether. Within certain trades there are the hard core, know it alls. They have never been taught anything, never need to learn anything, because there is nothing (in their esteemed opinion) they do not know already. They treat the interview as a personal favour that they are deigning to give you.

(11) Then there is the over-sharing of the personal stuff. I always did, genuinely, want to know a bit more about the prospective employee. There is a fine line though, and I was never sure if it was because I was a female or just had the dubious knack of over-relaxing an interviewee, that I was often treated to details of their private lives from their wives affairs, to their vasectomies that I was not entirely sure an interview merited.

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(12) Call me old fashioned but I am entirely with my HR when he tells me that his jaw was on the ground earlier in the year when an applicant took a call from a friend, with no excusing himself, in mid interview flow, and then proceeded to turn the air blue with every swear word under the sun as they discussed their evening out.

I supposed I should be grateful that I never made the error of saying impress me in an interview where, so the story goes, an applicant set fire to the interviewers newspaper while reading it.

Meanwhile, that a London PA conned her employer out of 17,000 after failing to disclose a previous workplace fraud, has raised the question of whether employers are far too trusting during the recruitment process. But four CEOs have claimed their interview methods has led to “hiring success”.

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