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This article means to be humorous. But remember it appeared in the Business section of the Sunday NY Times, whose audience is people in business. They may see humor in the mistakes of applicants being interviewed -- a highly stressful event and perhaps the first such for some of the individuals.

So you should read it not so much for the humor as for the mind set of interviewers. Since they are central to the hiring process, their opinions -- regardless of what you make think about them -- matter.

Next Time, Eat the Pizza After the Interview

Clean your fingernails. Make sure no food is stuck between your teeth. Polish your shoes. And your resume.

For years, self-help books have been preaching these basic rules for job interviews. Getting in the door is a good start, of course. It's your chance to separate yourself from that stack of applications, to impress the boss with all your personal charm. The goal isn't just getting in the door, though. It's leaving with a job.

But some sad sacks never get the word. A survey of personnel executives at 200 of the Fortune 1000 companies turned up a wide range of strange and self-defeating behavior by some applicants about a year ago. The results are a primer on what not to do on a job interview.

The survey was conducted for Commemorative Brands, a manufacturer of high school and college class rings, by the New York research firm Schulman, Ronca and Bucuvalas. here is a sampling of comments from the interviewers:

by Tom Kuntz..The New York Times, Sunday January 24, 1999