It would be funny if it weren't so sad. A young man who goes by the name of "skipsness" decided to set up a fake office, post a Craigslist ad for a "marketing manager" position, then bring in candidates for bogus job interviews simply to see how they'd do, what kinds of mistakes they'd make, and what lessons could be learned about proper interview techniques. The results, which are condensed into 22 tips at How to Nail an Interview, are uniformly appalling.
To be fair, the bogus ad wasn't seeking people with lots of work and life experience, but still, the behavior of the people who did show up was astonishingly bad and lacking in common sense. If you have ten minutes to kill, watch the videos. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you may learn a thing or two, such as "don't play with your face/hair," and "don't mention your spouse's job," a hint inspired by one woman's revelation that her husband works for a Bigfoot-hunting organization.
For some more useful advice on strategies for succeeding at large job fairs, consult Forbes' helpful list and slide show of hints. (The article quotes Dice's Tom Silver, who points out the importance of distilling your pitch into five key points you can rattle off in under five minutes.)
-- Don Willmott