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Recruiters, jobseekers recount tales of interview horror

From showing up in bedroom slippers to dealing with loose-lipped search committees, people on both sides have seen it all.

October 19, 2012

By Walt Williams

Some job interviews leave candidates wanting to crawl under a table, but most don’t act on that impulse. Recruiter Wendy Pangburn once interviewed someone who did.

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Pangburn, president of Pangburn Partners, said she was interviewing a job candidate a few years ago when the person’s cell phone started ringing. The individual promptly pulled out the phone and then slunk under a nearby table to answer it.

“It wasn'’t even ‘excuse me,’” she said. “They just said ‘I got to take a call,’ and then crawled under the table like I wouldn’t notice.”