Saturday, March 15, 2008

Workaholic Inc.

The good ol' Protestant work ethic that once exemplified the American Republic seems to be on the wane. Nevermind the blatant corruption of predatory lending practices (i.e., subprime mortgages) or running up the cost of oil by fighting wars of liberation, now we're talking about the average Joe and Josephina.

An annual Harris Interactive survey spoke to over 3,000 human resources people who do the hiring and culled "the most outrageous interview mistakes by candidates" :

- Candidate flushed the toilet while talking to interviewer during phone interview.

- When an applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn't want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.

- Candidate told the interviewer he wouldn't be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died -- and his uncle wasn't "looking too good."


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