Asking for a hug, acting out a Star Trek role, requesting the name and phone number of the office receptionist – these are just a few of the outrageous ways that job seekers shocked their potential employers during an interview.
That's according to the findings of a new survey of the most memorable interview blunders by human capital solutions firm CareerBuilder, published on Thursday, which polled over 2,200 hiring managers and human resource professionals in the U.S.
Among the unforgettable blunders, there's one that takes the cake: an applicant who set fire to the interviewer's newspaper when the interviewer said "impress me."
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Oh, and of course, there was the candidate who warned her interviewer that she "took too much valium" and didn't think her interview was indicative of her personality.
The key message to job seekers from the survey: first impression is key.