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Biggest mistakes you can make during an interview.

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Biggest mistakes you can make during an interview

In a job market where a single open position can receive dozens, even hundreds of applicants, just getting to the interview stage is a huge accomplishment.

So, how you make sure you make the right impression?

CareerBuilder.com interviewed thousands of employers. Here are the most common mistakes people make.
  • Answering cell phone or texting
    Appearing disinterested
    Dressing inappropriately
    Appearing arrogant
    Talking negatively about current or previous employers
    Chewing gum
Most unusual interview mistakes:
  • 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 that she had a date set up for Friday.
    When a candidate interviewing for a security position wasn't hired on the spot, he painted 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 the 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, the candidate passed, cut-off, and flipped his middle finger at the driver who happened to be the interviewer.
    Candidate referred to himself in the third person.
    Candidate took off his shoes during the 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."
Wow... :shock:
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Some people just really don't need the job :lol:

Some that I have personally experienced are:

Chatting up the interviewer
Refusing to take the psychometric tests on religious grounds
Bringing the Watchtower to an interview and trying to convert me
Blatantly lying about their experience
Thinking their hobbies count as experience
Giving too much personal information
Talking too much - even cutting off the interviewer
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Anakha56 wrote:Candidate asked for a sip of the interviewer's coffee.
:lol: If I'm the interviewer you'll have the job.
Good lord, a lot of stuff on there is weird, but that would blow my mind.
I'd have no choice but to hire you!
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Here is some help in setting up your CV should you need one

How to write an interview winning CV
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Is it unlawful to have a candidate take a polygraph test during the interview?
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Tribble wrote:<How to write an interview winning CV>
  • 1) Submit CV with R500 note "accidentally" stapled to the back
    2) Pepper CV with turns of phrase hinting at unspecified sexual favours
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Don't say: "a interview".
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rustypup wrote:
Tribble wrote:<How to write an interview winning CV>
  • 1) Submit CV with R500 note "accidentally" stapled to the back
    2) Pepper CV with turns of phrase hinting at unspecified sexual favours
Bwahahahahaha Tribble should have said that - but she didn't. Must admit - depending on the interviewer.... I like no 2. Hey wait - am I conducting the interview or being interviewed? Mmmm depends on the applicant too I suspect.
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KALSTER wrote:Don't say: "a interview".
So true - an interview sounds so much better
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Tribble wrote: Chatting up the interviewer
Been there, did that, got the job.
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Lol brave man
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^^ That's why he got the job
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Wellll it depends on what the job entailed. If I was looking for a PA, then that would be in his favour
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Tribble wrote:Wellll it depends on what the job entailed. If I was looking for a PA, then that would be in his favour
And it depends on the type of "assistance" in mind... :P
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Hmm now I know why Tribble insisted on doing doo_much's interview
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Oh yes - my assistants have to be good with their hands! It is an imperative.

@Ronny - this is me. What kind of assistance do you think I need?!
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RuadRauFlessa wrote:^^ That's why he got the job
Yeah, but I never got any further with the interviewer. Apparently she knew the girl I was dating at the time.

Go figure. :?
Tribble wrote:Wellll it depends on what the job entailed. If I was looking for a PA, then that would be in his favour
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