It was suggested to me that I might try to open a thread on how one might do well on an APA interview. I then got to thinking that it might be fun to try to open a thread on how not to do well on an APA interview. Here are a few things I've witnessed candidates do on APA interviews which completely blew their chances, at least in my judgment. Feel free to share your own.
1. At end of interview, we ask the always fateful "So... do you have any questions for us?" After a moment of paralysis, the candidate asks, "What is your University's policy on intimate relations between faculty and graduate students?" Awkward silence ensues. Then the candidate clarifies by saying, "Mutually consentual, of course."
2. In response to a run of the mill question about how demanding upper-level undergraduate classes in candidate's AOS (not philosophy of film, mind you) should be, the candidate says something like, "I'm really serious in my [upper-level philosophy] courses. At the lower levels, I just show a lot of movies."
3. In describing how he/she might teach an applied ethics course (listed as an AOC on candidate's CV), the candidate proceeds to list several famous papers by famous authors, but mentions no utilitarians. When asked why, the candidate says, "There really isn't any good work being done by utilitatians these days." I mention Peter Singer. The candidate replies, "Oh... is he a utilitarian?"
4. Candidate describes dissertation defending a familiar thesis in area X. Colleague raises the most obvious, shopworn, textbook, soft-ball, and famous objection to thesis. Nonplussed, candidate replies, "I think we're talking past each other here." Trying to be charitable, my colleague then says, "Well, what would you say is the most popular objection to your thesis?" Candidate replies, "There are no popular objections to my thesis." (The candidate took this to be a knock-out-of-the-park reply!)