Answered by Shaughn, Hiring Expert at Kellogg's, on Monday, December 3, 2012
I extended an interview to a young woman after she was highly recommended by internal employees and former employers. Upon hearing the accolades, I was confident that this was going to be a great interview. However, to my dismay, the interview did not turn out as expected… The young woman showed up in attire that was very inappropriate for an interview/work environment. Her outfit was more suited for an evening out on the town. The interview consisted of sharing a presentation about herself and her greatest accomplishments. The presentation began by exploring her background as well as her personal and professional accomplishments. One of those accomplishments was her academic honors as a 4.0 student. Unfortunately, as she continued through her presentation, she began to highlight her other “accomplishments” which included trips to Cancun, alcohol, and other varies inappropriate information. Additionally, she included modeling pictures in a bikini and other clothing that was not business appropriate and left many individuals in the audience very uncomfortable. As one might imagine, she was not offered the role. When I called the candidate to let her know, I was asked if I could provide feedback. I was very professional and honest as I delivered the information. While she was disappointed that she didn’t receive an offer, she understood the reasoning and was extremely thankful for the feedback. Almost a year later, our paths crossed and she immediately came up to me and thanked me for my openness about her interview. Although she admitted it was one of the worst interviews she will probably ever have, she also stated that it was her best one because it taught her so much about the business/professional world.