A job applicant came in for an interview with a cockatoo on his shoulder.
See also Five Interview Blunders Job interviews can be tough under any circumstance, but some people seem intent on raising the degree of difficulty. HR managers and senior executives surveyed by Robert Half recall behavior by applicants ranging from the inappropriate to the downright bizarre. These are extreme examples, but the report makes a serious point for saner candidates: Don't set yourself back with common misbehavior, such as appearing unenthusiastic or overly nervous. The best candidates keep in mind that the whole point of an interview is to sell yourself as a desirable professional in a face-to-face setting. "Job seekers should remember hiring managers aren't just assessing their qualifications, but they're also looking for signs of outstanding people skills and good judgment," says Brett Good, a senior district president for Robert Half. Meanwhile, you can see best (and not so best) practices is a series of videos depicting interviews that have gone awry at by clicking on this link to the Robert Half site.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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