Job Interview Blunders From CareerBuilder

careerbuilder_-_use-300x225Are you looking to make a career switch in 2013 or 2014? One out of four workers are. If you’re one of them, chances are you’ll be heading to lots of job interviews this year. To prepare, check out this annual list from CareerBuilder, which focuses on the most common – and most outlandish – job interview blunders to avoid. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2012, and included more than 2,600 hiring managers and 3,900 workers nationwide.

Crazy Interview Blunders
Many job candidates are inexperienced when it comes to proper job interview etiquette. Some simply buckle under the pressure to make a good impression. Either scenario can cause workers to show errors in judgment during job interviews.  Employers surveyed by CareerBuilder provided real-life examples of the most peculiar behaviors they witnessed in job interviews:
  • Candidate said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal.
  • Candidate denied that he had a cell phone with him even though it could be heard ringing in the briefcase beside him.
  • Candidate emptied the employer’s candy dish into her pocket.
  • Candidate said he didn’t like getting up early and didn’t like to read.
  • Candidate asked to be paid “under the table.”
  • Candidate reached over and placed a hand on the interviewer’s knee.
  • Candidate commented that he would do whatever it takes to get the job done, legal or not.
  • Candidate hugged the president of the company.
  • Candidate called his wife to see what they were having for dinner.
  • Candidate asked to postpone the start date so she could still get holiday gifts from vendors at her current job.
  • Candidate called in sick to her current employer during the interview, faking an illness.
  • Candidate said he didn’t want the job if he had to work a lot.
  • Candidate wouldn’t answer a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.
6 Fatal Interview Errors
When asked to identify the top detrimental mistakes in job interviews, hiring managers and employers reported:
Mistake:  Appearing disinterested during the job interview is the No. 1 turnoff, according to 62 percent of employers.
Tip:  A lack of enthusiasm can leave the employer feeling less than enthusiastic about you as a candidate.  Maintain good energy throughout the interview.  Make sure to ask thoughtful questions about the company’s competitive positioning and growth prospects, and come in with ideas.
Mistake:  Answering a cell phone or texting – 60 percent
Tip:  Make sure to turn your phone or tablet off, or better yet, leave them at home. This is a major pet peeve for employers and can often be a deal breaker.
Mistake:  Dressing inappropriately – 60 percent
Tip:  It’s better to err on the conservative for a job interview.  Wear a business suit or business casual (ie, a nice pair of pants/skirt and button down shirt). 

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