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Commonplace–and Bizarre–Job Candidate Miscues

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-22-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    36% of surveyed interviewers said that candidates often make the mistake of failing to smile during an interview.
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    33% of those surveyed said candidates often make the mistake of playing with something on the table.
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    30% of surveyed executives said candidates too often exhibit bad posture.
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    22% of interviewers said candidates hurt their chances when they offer a weak handshake.
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    11% of interviewers said they don’t like to see interviewees use too many hand gestures.
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    A candidate asked how much money everyone else at the company made.
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    Another asked if he could offer religious advice to employees.
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    In answering a question about diversity, a prospect used the term “off the boat.”
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    A candidate brought about 50 ink pens to the interview and spread them out on a table.
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    Another attempted to Google the answer to an interview question.
 

Have you ever interviewed an IT candidate and concluded early on that something wasn’t, well, right? If so, you’re far from alone. Many prospects essentially take themselves out of the running by exhibiting the following body-language errors during these discussions, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder.com. That’s unfortunate for them, as it doesn’t take long for CIOs and other managers to mentally dismiss an interviewee: Nearly one-half of employers said they know within the first five minutes of an interview if the candidate is a good fit for the position, according to survey findings, and nine out of 10 surveyed interviewers reached that conclusion within 15 minutes. While we’d never expect a tech professional to come across as polished as a CEO in an interview, you may want to look out for these body language trouble signs, as many speak to larger issues which could impact both individual and team performance. And to offer a humorous side to the topic, CareerBuilder also compiled a number of extremely bizarre–but true–job interview behaviors, which we’ve included here. Nearly 2,200 HR and hiring managers took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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