Totally Bizarre, Real-Life Interview Mistakes

Totally Bizarre, Real-Life Interview Mistakes

Quick AssessmentQuick Assessment

87% of employers know within the first 15 minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good fit or not.

Superiority ComplexSuperiority Complex

53% get turned off when a job candidate acts arrogantly.

Burned BridgesBurned Bridges

50% don’t like it when candidates talk negatively about current or previous employers.


39% say not coming to the interview informed about the company or advertised job is another major mistake.

Role ReversalRole Reversal

17% don’t like it when the interviewee asks the interviewer personal questions.

Bizarre Interview Mistakes: Role ModelBizarre Interview Mistakes: Role Model

An interviewee named himself as his personal hero.

Bizarre Interview Mistakes: Tuned OutBizarre Interview Mistakes: Tuned Out

Another kept his iPod headphones on during the interview.

Bizarre Interview Mistakes: Blazing a PathBizarre Interview Mistakes: Blazing a Path

When asked by the interviewer to “impress me,” a candidate set fire to the interviewer’s newspaper while reading it.

Bizarre Interview Mistakes: Down TimeBizarre Interview Mistakes: Down Time

An applicant confessed that she had taking too much valium, so the interview didn’t really represent her personality.

Bizarre Interview Mistakes: On the RecordBizarre Interview Mistakes: On the Record

A candidate tried to secretly tape the job interview.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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