Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Most Memorable Job Interview Mistakes

Recently, Careerbuilder released the results from a survey of more than 2,000 HR professionals and hiring managers on the interview process. Of those surveyed, nearly half said that they can tell within the first five minutes of an interview whether or not the person is worthy of the position. In addition, 90 percent stated that they have made up their mind about the person within 15 minutes of the interview.
While this may sound discouraging, take note from the interview mistakes below of those who most certainly did not get the job, according to those surveyed:
  • Candidate thought it appropriate to sit in a yoga pose during the interview.
  • Candidate brought their dog to the interview.
  • Candidate hugged the president of the company.
  • Candidate said they didn't like getting up early and didn't like to read.
  • Candidate said he had to quit his banking position because he was tempted to steal.
  • Candidate emptied the employer's candy dish into her pocket.
  • Candidate called in sick to her current employer, faking an illness.
  • Candidate stated that he would do whatever it takes to get the job done, legal or not.
  • Candidate called his wife to see what they were having for dinner.
  • Candidate said he didn't want the job if he had to work a lot.
  • Candidate asked to postpone the start date so she could still get holiday gifts from her vendors at her current job.
  • Candidate wouldn't answer a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.
  • Candidate denied he had a cell phone with him even though it could be heard ringing from his briefcase.
  • Candidate reached over and put his hand on the interviewer's knee.
Keep in mind that body language has a huge impact on how you come across in an interview as well. Don’t play with your hair or face, and don’t have a handshake that is either too strong or weak.
If you are nervous about making a good impression at your own interviews, Orion offers outstanding interview preparation resources in the Transition Corner. From there, you can learn about the different types of interviews, review sample interview questions, and learn more about common interview mistakes.

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