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Shaky first impressions

A recent survey by OfficeTeam, a staffing firm, asked executives to recount embarrassing job interview moments. The objective was to learn how to make favorable first impressions in a very competitive job market. Here are some of the survey results. Scripps Howard News Service

"The candidate sent his sister to interview for him."

"The person was dancing during the interview. He kept saying things like, 'I love life!' and 'Oh yeah!' "

"A candidate insulted the interviewer on his tie."

"A candidate fell asleep during the interview."

"An interviewer put his bubble gum in his hand, forgot about it, and then shook my hand."

"A job applicant came in for an interview with a cockatoo on his shoulder."

"We had one person who walked out of an interview into a glass door — and the glass shattered."

"The candidate had a big rip in the back of his pants."

Get it right

"Although extreme, these examples illustrate the importance of interview basics," said Dave Willmer, executive director of OfficeTeam. "To be considered for a job, candidates must prepare well, dress appropriately and provide compelling information about themselves."

• Do your homework.

• Dress to impress.

• Don't delay.

• Keep it real.

• Resist rambling.

Added Willmer: "Handling problems gracefully may actually impress interviewers, but if the situation can't be overcome, move on and focus on the next opportunity."

OfficeTeam provides business with temporary administrative professionals. The company has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online services at www.officeteam.com.

Shaky first impressions 07/02/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 2:07pm]
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