Not too long ago I was interviewing people over the phone for a social media / content creator position and the mistake that a lot of people made was not having work samples ready for me. Most of them got me samples within a day so it wasn't that bad. One person actually spent half the interview badmouthing their former employer. That was...interesting :)
@Rick Biederer I can see passive candidates not being prepared, but for active job seekers in roles that require content creation, there's really little excuse for not having samples ready of their work. It all goes back to preparation. Many applicants seem to have a mentality that they can 'wing it,' but those that put the effort in at the beginning are usually the ones that end up with the job. And, yes, we've all been there with candidates bad mouthing former employers. I liken it to the interview process being their own personal form of therapy. Eventually, we hope they learn, but in the mean time, the stories recruiters and hiring managers have to tell. :)
@Robin Rayburn That was actually my first time doing any interviews so I don't have too many horror stories yet! I did get a good blog post out of the whole experience though.
@Rick Biederer Well at least there was a positive from your first experience doing interviews (the blog post) But just wait, the more of them you do, the horror stories and the "did that just really happen" moments will come! Even the best interviewers are always left baffled at some point in their careers by the things candidates say and do.