These are all true stories.
Certainly, there has been no better time in recent history to set yourself apart at an interview. Here are a few ways, however, that this particular recruiter frowns upon:
- Wearing what the client will later describe to me as "some sort of huge, bright blue jumpsuit" to your interview. Especially when you are a 300-pound-man.
- Arriving in a cowboy hat that you refuse to take off, even when the interviewer invites you to store said rodeo attire in the coat closet.
- Jokingly suggesting that the interviewer invest in some Rogaine.
- Describing your capabilities as a work horse as follows: "Well, Tony. You can just strap a saddle on and ride me!"
- Using the term "tough titties" in conversation with the female HR representative.
- Getting arrested two days prior to the interview, then acting surprised that the potential employer has read about you in the news.
- Asking mid-interview if the interviewer and his/her colleagues like to go out and "get f*cked up" when they travel for work.
In 100% of instances above, the end result was not an employment offer.