I heard tell this weekend of a job candidate who gave as his job talk a paper he'd published a year ago. Note: I did not say that the candidate gave a talk on the same topic as a paper he'd already published; nor did I say that the candidate gave a descendant of an already-published paper. The candidate read a paper he'd already published.
Perhaps it's a good paper deserving of a wide audience, but this seems to me to be disqualifying. It's a good indication that the candidate has not had a decent idea in at least a year. It's also deceitful. Moreover, it's an insult to the audience (and especially to those on the SC, who had read the candidate's publications).
Is mentoring at the final stage of graduate school typically this bad?