Totally Bizarre, Real-Life Interview Mistakes

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-28-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    87% of employers know within the first 15 minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good fit or not.
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    53% get turned off when a job candidate acts arrogantly.
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    50% don't like it when candidates talk negatively about current or previous employers.
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    39% say not coming to the interview informed about the company or advertised job is another major mistake.
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    17% don't like it when the interviewee asks the interviewer personal questions.
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    An interviewee named himself as his personal hero.
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    Another kept his iPod headphones on during the interview.
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    When asked by the interviewer to "impress me," a candidate set fire to the interviewer's newspaper while reading it.
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    An applicant confessed that she had taking too much valium, so the interview didn't really represent her personality.
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    A candidate tried to secretly tape the job interview.
 

We realize that, while conducting a job interview, you may be seeing too much ill-conceived behavior from candidates lately. In addition to arriving unprepared or dressing inappropriately, some may think nothing of multitasking during the session. Well, there's "bad interview etiquette" and then there's these totally off-the-charts, oddball job interview incidents, compiled from a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Of course, IT employees are known to exhibit some quirks from time to time. But we like to think (or hope) that you're selecting from a better crop of talent than this. Beyond the bizarre interview recollections listed here, CareerBuilder sheds light upon more common, ill-advised traits of job contenders. Perhaps this is why so many CIOs and other managers are making fast decisions as to whether a candidate is a potential strong choice or—as in the case of the outrageous examples listed here—someone who needs to be shown the exit door in a hurry. More than 2,200 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research. For more about the CareerBuilder survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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