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Note to Job Applicants: Use an email address other than “shakinmybootie”

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In a job interview, have you ever told the company they should pay you for it because your time is valuable?  Oh dear.  That an more job interview faux pas. recently asked human resource managers and hiring managers to think of the most unusual resumes and job interviews.  What not to do!

  • Candidate said the more you paid him, the harder he worked.
  • Candidate was fired from different jobs, but included each one as a reference.
  • Candidate said he just wanted an opportunity to show off his new tie.
  • Candidate listed her dog as reference.
  • Candidate listed the ability to do the moonwalk as a special skill.
  • Candidates — a husband and wife looking to job share — submitted a co-written poem.
  • Candidate included “versatile toes” as a selling point.
  • Candidate said that he would be a “good asset to the company,” but failed to include the “et” in the word “asset.”
  • Candidate’s email address on the resume had “shakinmybootie” in it.
  • Candidate included that she survived a bite from a deadly aquatic animal.
  • Candidate used first name only.
  • Candidate asked, “Would you pass up an opportunity to hire someone like this?  I think not.”
  • Candidate insisted that the company pay him to interview with them because his time was valuable.
  • Candidate shipped a lemon with resume, stating “I am not a lemon.”
  • Candidate included that he was arrested for assaulting his previous boss.

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