The Best Hiring Stories: “The Drug Test That Surprised Everyone”
Last week we shared a few of our favorite hiring stories and we hope our blog post gave you a few chuckles. But the fun doesn’t stop there—we’ve got more memorable hiring stories coming right up, including a few from our customers and some seasoned HR professionals. So sit back, relax and enjoy a few more laughs from the hiring and recruiting frontier.
The Drug Test That Took Everyone By Surprise
“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 & Founder, EliteHRTeam.com & The Elite HR Business School
Confetti, Photographs and Spouses That Take the Cake
“I received a photo of an obviously inebriated and not very awake candidate and his wife at their wedding reception. It was in an envelope with a resume and confetti. It must have seemed like an excellent idea at the time.
Another candidate in our office was being interviewed when his wife stormed into the office carrying the couple’s young baby. She demanded to see her husband and, even after being told that he was in an interview, barged into the interview room, thrust the baby into her husband’s arms and charged out. The husband apologized and did his best to complete the interview with baby in hand, for which he should be given full marks. Unfortunately, the crazy-spouse-scene frightened our client. The candidate didn’t get the job.
My most memorable experience in all my years recruiting, though, 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.
Parents Spoil the Interview
“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 mom, as well. As I recall, the candidate was 21 years old! We chose a different candidate.” – John from Stanwood, Washington
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