So in my day job, I work in Human Resources. And part of my job is to hire the wonderful people who work at my business. Some days it’s a joy to find that perfect candidate, the one you know will be fantastic and really make a difference. Most days though, it’s torture, trying to slog through applicants who have no personality or don’t make any attempt to market themselves. Many of them can’t be bothered to come up with more than a 2 word answer to interview questions or even dress appropriately.
Today – I had a candidate show up ten minutes late. As I’m taking her into my office she says, “Sorry I’m late, I lost track of time painting my nails.”
This is NOT something you want to tell an interviewer. This is something that will get you passed over faster than you can say Manicure. Needless to say, she won’t be joining the ranks of my fabulous new employees.
And as sad as this is, it’s hardly the worst I’ve seen when it comes to interviews. But that’s a story for another day.