Hilarious HR hiring stories

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It’s always interesting to hear hiring stories from other recruiters and HR professionals – especially when they involve a high degree of oddness on behalf of the candidates.
This Business 2 Community story lists some great recruiting tales – here are our favourites:
  • “In my 15 years of workforce management and interviewing, I thought I had seen and heard it all, until one day. I get a call from the drug-testing agency we used for pre-employment drug screening. I think it was even a first for them. Apparently, the candidate-for-hire brought in a urine specimen that wasn’t his own. He tried warming the specimen with his lighter so it would be at normal body temperature (since the agency tests that, as well). The problem was it was a plastic cup he tried warming, so it melted. Needless to say, that individual was not hired.” Kandi Mensing, owner and founder, EliteHRTeam.com and The Elite HR Business School
  • “My most memorable experience in all my years recruiting was when I received a resume with a passport-sized photo on the front page and underneath the photo the words ‘Not Actual Size’. I still laugh when I remember those three words and wonder what he was thinking. Did he really think I would believe he had a tiny little head and hold it against him?” Henry Goldbeck, president and senior Recruiter, Goldbeck Recruiting Inc
  • “A few moments after saying goodbye to a potential candidate, a woman entered the store and asked for the owners. She then identified herself as the candidate’s mother and told me she was there without her child knowing. She then aggressively told me why I should hire her child to work for our store. As strong as that candidate might have been, all I could think about was if I hired them I would have to deal with the mum, as well. As I recall, the candidate was 21 years old! We chose a different candidate.” John from Stanwood, Washington
What’s your strangest hiring story?

  • George Kralidis on 2014-07-29 1:22:50 PM

    My office was in an older building with uncontrollable heating. That would force me to leave my window open even during the winter months. As I was interviewing a candidate, a homeless man decided to take a pee outside of my open window. Good first impression for the candidate don't you think!

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