Dog in a duffel bag…or the top 10 craziest interview behaviours recently asked U.S. employers and hiring managers about the most unusual things job candidates have done during interviews. Here’s what they said:

The interviewee kept fidgeting and repositioning his duffel bag, which turned out to contain a dog.

The interviewee brought about 50 ink pens and spread them out on the table.

After stating his name, the interviewee said, “But you can call me Tigger! That is the nickname I gave myself.”

In answer to a question about diversity, the interviewee used the phrase “off the boat.”

The interviewee offered to provide religious advice to employees.

The interviewee asked whether his wife, who worked at the company he was applying to, was cheating on him.

The interviewee asked how much money everyone else makes.

When asked about the reason for leaving his previous position, the interviewee said it was because of “kicking someone’s butt that really needed it.”

The interviewee sat in a yoga pose during the interview.

The interviewee tried to Google the answer to a question.

The month in numbers

Size of the global hedge fund industry in July 2015

— Eurekahedge Report


The busy fall season is here. That means deadlines, meetings, conferences and work travel. Here’s how you can still eat healthy.

Don’t eat on the go – Even if you’re super busy, try to sit down for your meals and eat without distractions. A recent study by the University of Surrey found subjects consumed more food if they ate while walking. The likely reason: the mind may not register eating-on-the-go as eating.

Plan – The golden rule of healthy eating is planning. The less planning and preparation you do on weekends or the night before, the more likely you’ll be to reach out for something unhealthy during business hours.

Eat breakfast at home – Get up 10 to 15 minutes earlier so you can eat a proper nutritious breakfast at home, instead of wolfing down food while running to the subway or driving. Avoid processed, sugar-laden breakfasts, such as pastries and most cereals. Opt for natural choices rich in fibre, such as oatmeal, which you can sweeten with maple syrup.

Pack food – Whenever you can, pack a healthy, homemade lunch. If you can’t do that, at least pack healthy snacks, such as nuts, seeds, and fresh or dried fruit, so you’ll always have something nutritious handy when you get hungry. A note on nuts and seeds: buy the raw, unsalted ones—they have more nutritional value. And, roasted nuts and seeds may contain palm or soybean oil.


HR professionals often get criticized for being out of touch with what’s actually happening in their companies. Well, turns out there’s some truth to that. Recent Canadian research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows a disparity between how employees and HR see their companies, at least as far as workplace bullying goes.


Mental Health Summit

Nov. 5, 2015
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Nov. 12, 2015
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

Dec. 8, 2015
Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver

Benefits Canada’s Mental Health Summits will discuss issues such as supporting the mental health of millennials, who are constantly connected to electronic devices, and reducing the workplace stigma around mental health issues.

Find more information on these and other industry events at

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“Millennials care about things like work/life balance, sometimes even more than salary.”

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“Employee engagement and culture are now business issues, not just topics for #HR to debate.”

Barack Obama
“Few things can have as negative an impact on our economy as climate change.”

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