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How not to land a job

Long Island's unemployment rose again -- it grew to 7.9 percent in February from 7.8 percent  in January -- and the desperation of some is readily apparent.

Passion is important in trying to win over potential employers, but there are boundaries job-seekers shouldn't cross.

Here's an example of how not to get a job:

Cindy Mardenfeld sat down Wednesday at a comfy couch in the Hyatt Regency Long Island near her office in Hauppauge to interview a summer intern candidate.

Not two minutes after she took his resume and began explaining the job requirements for the free position, an older man in a suit interrupts.

"He said, 'It looks like you're conducting an interview.'"

"'Yes,' I said. I was stunned."

"What's the position entail?" he asked.

Mardenfeld, who runs Infinity Relations Inc., an event management and marketing company, explained that it was an internship, then tried to turn back to the interview.

When the man tried to extract a little more about the job, Mardenfeld finally interrupted him. "I need to continue our interview now," she said sternly.

The man finally got the picture and walked away.

"If he said, 'I'd like to talk to you after your finished,' that would have been fine. I would have had a conversation with him, and if I could have helped him, I would have."

After completing the interview she came there to conduct, she hired the student.

"I Ioved him," Mardenfeld said. "He answered all my questions very well. He was dressed appropriately and he was on time. Those are three things people should know if they're going on an interview."

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