The Worst Things to Hear in a Job Interview

23 November 2007 at 6:19PM Leave a comment

From a ten-year-old e-mail, a sample of the Worst Things to Hear in a Job Interview:

  1. I take it you didn’t use a spell checker on this resume?
  2. You know those picket lines are only temporary.
  3. Our company is positioned for major growth… once we get through all this Chapter 11 stuff.
  4. We’re going to give the job to an internal candidate, but HR says we have to interview five people before we can do that.
  5. I’m sorry – your interview was scheduled for 1:00 PM yesterday.

Hopefully, you won’t hear these.


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