Handcuffs don't win at job interview

July 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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TORONTO, July 14 (UPI) -- Bringing a cockatoo or handcuffs to a job interview is a guaranteed failure, an international job placement company in Toronto said.

The Robert Half firm published a summary of worst-case scenarios from hiring managers around the world about interviews gone wrong. Among the managers' bad memories was an applicant who "came in for an interview with a cockatoo on his shoulder."

Other managers recounted interview shocks when a candidate sent his sister to apply for him.

"One candidate sang all of her responses to interview questions," one manager said.

Another manager said he was taken aback by an apparent show of determination by a job candidate who "handcuffed himself to the desk during the interview," the agency said in a release.

Another applicant doomed his job chances by saying too much about his plans.

"One individual said we had nice benefits, which was good because he was going to need to take a lot of leave in the next year," a manager told the firm.

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