How Not to Get a Job!

Light fare on a Friday is always good. Last month, I ran across an article on CNN Money titled 10 dumbest job-interview moves. Personally, I’ve seen the odd thing on a resume that is pretty dumb, and heard a thing or two that was not the brightest thing a candidate could have said, but some of these take the cake!

  • Telling a prospective employer to hire you because you’re allergic to unemployment.
  • Telling a prospective employer to hire you because you’d make a great addition to the software team.
  • Telling a prospective employer that you should get the job because you’ve already applied three times and it’s your turn.
  • Telling a prospective employer you want the job because it has nice benefits, which is good because you are going to have to take a lot of leave in the coming year.
  • Telling a prospective employer you should be hired because you’ve already drafted a press release announcing your hire.
  • Telling a prospective employer you have no relevant experience, but your friend does.
  • Delivering your entire cover letter in the form of a rap song.
  • Telling a prospective employer you want the position because you want to get away from working with people/
  • Bringing your mother to the interview and letting her do all the talking.
  • Delivering your resume in a ten gallon hat.

In some respects, it would break up the monotony of interviews to run across some of these characters and just see what else happens. However, with the talent shortage in both the US and, especially Europe, I think a good sourcing analyst could show up dressed like Bozo the Clown and at least get a second interview.

One Response to How Not to Get a Job!

  1. I’ve had some pretty strange resumes cross my desk over the years, but my favorite was one that devoted most of an entire page to:

    “States I Have Been In”

    With regard to “cover letter as rap song,” I think I’d retain Michael Lamoureux to compose it for me…

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