HR & Management

The shocking mistakes made during interviews – by (drunk and flatulent) interviewers

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17 September 2015

Former deputy editor

Job applicants are often the ones being judged by prospective employers as they find themselves in the spotlight and under interrogation during interviews. However, it's actually the interviewers that are the ones to watch, with some of them turning up drunk.

Going to an interview can be a worrying experience for any job seeker, but it’s fair to say that reasonable employers will take this into consideration to try and put their interviewee at ease.

Findings from job site CV-Library, however, have revealed that most job hunters have seen their would-be bosses exhibit incredibly unprofessional behaviour – suggesting it should be the employers in the firing line instead.

Some 41.4 per cent of interviewers have shown up late to interviews, which would likely be an immediate black mark if the shoe was on the other foot, while 37 per cent haven’t taken read the applicant’s CV. Could you imagine a candidate turning up without researching the company?

Elsewhere, moving beyond unprofessionalism into questions deemed invasive and discriminatory, 15 per cent of job hunters have been asked their age and 8.5 per cent were quizzed about family plans.

Moving into the downright rude and socially unacceptable realm, 2.3 per cent said interviewers passed wind, 1.5 per cent saw drunken behaviour and 1.1 per cent found their interrogator fall to sleep.

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“It’s shocking to see that candidates have to endure such unprofessional behaviour during a job interview. No candidate should ever be subjected to inappropriate or rude behaviour and some of these revelations are unacceptable,” said Lee Biggins, founder and MD of CV-Library.

He asked for understanding from applicants though, and spoke of interviewers’ woes.

“Candidates should be understanding of interviewers who are under a huge amount of time pressure, often interviewing 5-8 candidates in one day, and certain mishaps should be forgiven,” he said.

Apparently too much time pressure to visit the bathroom or sleep off a hangover.

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However, 64.8 per cent would consider working for someone who hadn’t fully prepared. And after a bad interview, 35.6 per cent of people were offered the job, while an additional 55.5 per cent who were offered accepting the post.

“The recruitment industry has grown into such a competitive landscape and many employers invest heavily in recruitment agencies and job boards to help source qualified candidates,” said Biggins.

“To let things fall apart at the interview stage is a big mistake that employers simply can’t afford to make – they don’t only lose the time and money invested in finding that candidate, they could lose the candidate themselves and ultimately damage the business’ reputation.

“It’s essential that businesses provide comprehensive interview training before putting anyone in front of a candidate to ensure they understand what is and is not appropriate.”

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