According to hiring managers interviewed by USA Today, recent college graduates “perform poorly—sometimes even bizarrely—in job interviews.”:
Human resource professionals say they’ve seen recent college grads text or take calls in interviews, dress inappropriately, use slang or overly casual language, and exhibit other oddball behavior.
“It’s behavior that may be completely appropriate outside the interview,” says Jaime Fall, vice president of the HR Policy Association. “The interview is still a traditional environment.”
The “other oddball behavior” includes dressing strangely, taking phone calls, and using slang or other casual language. One guy in his 20s brought his father into a 45-minute interview, and another guy had his dad call to negotiate a higher salary. Various HR execs say that about one in five recent graduates behave inappropriately in interviews, and it’s gotten worse over the last three years or so.
My favorite, however, is the college senior who toted along her cat in a crate to an interview at American Eagle. The woman set the cat crate on the interviewer’s desk, which is a dealbreaker, and then played with it during the interview, which is a triple-decker dealbreaker do not pass Go do not collect a paycheck ever. ”It hit me like—why would you think that’s OK?” the former recruiting director at American Eagle said, showing admirable restraint. “She cut herself off before she had a chance.”