How to get a job? Sing at interview
Jobseekers have taken their mother to an interview, sent other members of their family in their place or even turned up carrying a cockatoo, according to a new report.
A list of interview "blunders" drawn up by recruitment firm Robert Half revealed that one candidate phoned his parents half-way through being questioned to say things were going well.
Other notable mistakes included one person brought his mother to a job interview and let her do all the talking.
Another job applicant came in for an interview with a cockatoo on his shoulder, while another candidate sent his sister to the interview in his place.
A candidate sang all of her responses to interview questions.
When asked by a manager if he had any questions for him, the candidate replied by telling a knock-knock joke.
Another candidate handcuffed himself to the desk during an interview.
Phil Sheridan, managing director of Robert Half, said: "For many, the interview process can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience and can lead to subtle interview mistakes."
Ignoring long-standing advice about wearing smart clothes to a job interview, one applicant wore the uniform from his former employer, another arrived in a cat suit, while one turned up in pyjamas with slippers, according to the report.