Slideshow 15 unbelievable things job candidates have done

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  • June 28 2016, 1:11am EDT
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When interviewing for a new job, tension can be high. Typical ways candidates show their nerves are through averted eye contact or fidgeting with jewelry. Careerbuilder surveyed close to 2,200 hiring managers and created this list of the most bizarre behavior they've seen during job interviews.


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1. Writing utensils

Someone brought 50 pens to the interview and spread them out on the table.

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2. Secret pooch

A candidate brought a duffel bag with him and kept fidgeting and repositioning it. There was a dog inside the bag.

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3. Pet names

"You can call me Tigger!" a candidate said after offering his real name. "That is the nickname I gave myself."

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4. Diversification

Asked about diversity, a candidate mentioned something about "off the boat."

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5. Religious freedom

One hiring manager heard a candidate ask if he could offer religious advice to the employees.

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6. Adultery

The husband of an employee was interviewing for a job at the same company. He asked if his wife was cheating on him.

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7. Big money

Would you ask how much money everyone else made? One person did.

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8. Knock your socks off

The reason one candidate gave for leaving a previous job was "kicking someone's butt that really needed it."

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9. Strike a pose

A candidate sat in a yoga pose throughout the interview.

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10. Doing your research

When asked a question, one person tried to Google the answer.

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11. Unapproved

Apparently one candidate didn't like the process, suddenly stood up, and walked out the door without saying anything.

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12. Kid-friendly

A candidate asked if it was necessary to like children – to work in a pediatrician's office.

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13. To-go lunch

Interviewing is apparently hungry work as someone brought along lunch and ate it during the conversation.

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14. Sitting on the throne

One candidate needed a bathroom break. A 45-minute one.

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15. Bubbalicious

Having spit a wad of gum into his hand and not seeing a place to throw it away, this man returned the gum to his mouth and chewed it throughout the interview.

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