Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Biggest Interview Blunders

Most employers remember what it’s like to be in the position of being the interviewee, so it easy to see why most of them would overlook interview blunders. But some mistakes are too big to let slip. CareerBuilder surveyed more than 3000 employers and human resource managers and came up with the most common big mistakes that will take a candidate out of the running for the position.

• Answering a cell phone or texting: 77 percent
• Appearing disinterested: 75 percent
• Dressing inappropriately: 72 percent
• Appearing arrogant: 72 percent
• Talking negatively about current or previous employers: 67 percent
• Chewing gum: 63 percent

Below is a list of strange interview behavior that went above and beyond the normal mistakes listed above.

• Candidate brought a “how to interview book” with him to the interview.
• Candidate asked, “What company is this again?”
• Candidate put the interviewer on hold during a phone interview. When she came back on the line, she told the interviewer she had a date set up for Friday.
• When a candidate interviewing for a security position wasn’t hired on the spot, he sprayed graffiti on the building.
• Candidate wore a Boy Scout uniform and never told interviewers why.
• Candidate was arrested by federal authorities during the interview when a background check revealed the person had an outstanding warrant.
• Candidate talked about promptness as one of her strengths after showing up ten minutes late.
• On the way to the interview, candidate passed, cut-off, and flipped the middle finger to a driver who happened to be the interviewer.
• Candidate referred to himself in the third person.
• Candidate took off shoes during interview.
• Candidate asked for a sip of the interviewer’s coffee.
• Candidate told the interviewer she wasn’t sure if the job offered was worth “starting the car for.”

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