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Common Interview Mistakes

Don't Make These Ridiculous Job Interview Mistakes

Interviews are really important first impressions, and they can make or break your chance of getting hired. You may be qualified, but paper doesn't always cut it. Employers like to talk to you in person or over the phone to get a feel of whether you suit their company culture. Careerbuilder.com recently released results of its survey in which employers revealed some pretty outrageous interview blunders. Here are some of the more ridiculous ones:

  • "Brought a copy of their college diploma that had obviously been white-outed and their name added."
  • "Blew her nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of her."
  • "Talked about how an affair cost him a previous job."
  • "Ate all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions."
  • "Threw his beer can in the outside trashcan before coming into the reception office."

 

These interview blunders are pretty rare, so read on for some of the most common ones.

  • Using your cell phone to text or call.
  • Not wearing appropriate dress.
  • Showing disinterest.
  • Seeming arrogant.
  • Talking ill of a past or current boss.
  • Chewing gum.
  • Having answers that are vague and not specific.
  • Not preparing good questions.
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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I have to say this website has helped me greatly in preparing for my latest job interviews! However, I had some where I was concerned about seeming too conservative. I assure you I'm not, but I can dress appropriately and behave if I chose to. Those places of work however had game rooms and the interviewers constantly talked about how relaxed the atmosphere was, and even apologized for wearing a suit (he said he'd never do that, but he'd had a meeting with clients earlier). After leaving, I was worried that I may not have seemed "fun" enough for them, since they were talking a lot about looking for someone to fit in with the team spirit, rather than someone with tons of experience. We'll see how it goes. I just wanted to say that while it's of course always a better idea to err on the side of being too conservative, everyone should also think about the environment they'll be working in. I'm sure if you're a video game developer, you are certainly allowed to crack a joke or two without seeming unprofessional. They may have a problem with the pre-interview beer though ahah
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I have to say this website has helped me greatly in preparing for my latest job interviews! However, I had some where I was concerned about seeming too conservative. I assure you I'm not, but I can dress appropriately and behave if I chose to. Those places of work however had game rooms and the interviewers constantly talked about how relaxed the atmosphere was, and even apologized for wearing a suit (he said he'd never do that, but he'd had a meeting with clients earlier). After leaving, I was worried that I may not have seemed "fun" enough for them, since they were talking a lot about looking for someone to fit in with the team spirit, rather than someone with tons of experience. We'll see how it goes. I just wanted to say that while it's of course always a better idea to err on the side of being too conservative, everyone should also think about the environment they'll be working in. I'm sure if you're a video game developer, you are certainly allowed to crack a joke or two without seeming unprofessional. They may have a problem with the pre-interview beer though ahah
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I have to say this website has helped me greatly in preparing for my latest job interviews! However, I had some where I was concerned about seeming too conservative. I assure you I'm not, but I can dress appropriately and behave if I chose to. Those places of work however had game rooms and the interviewers constantly talked about how relaxed the atmosphere was, and even apologized for wearing a suit (he said he'd never do that, but he'd had a meeting with clients earlier). After leaving, I was worried that I may not have seemed "fun" enough for them, since they were talking a lot about looking for someone to fit in with the team spirit, rather than someone with tons of experience. We'll see how it goes. I just wanted to say that while it's of course always a better idea to err on the side of being too conservative, everyone should also think about the environment they'll be working in. I'm sure if you're a video game developer, you are certainly allowed to crack a joke or two without seeming unprofessional. They may have problem with the pre-interview beer though ahah
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I have to say this website has helped me greatly in preparing for my latest job interviews! However, I had some where I was concerned about seeming too conservative. I assure you I'm not, but I can dress appropriately and behave if I chose to. Those places of work however had game rooms and the interviewers constantly talked about how relaxed the atmosphere was, and even apologized for wearing a suit (he said he'd never do that, but he'd had a meeting with clients earlier). After leaving, I was worried that I may not have seemed "fun" enough for them, since they were talking a lot about looking for someone to fit in with the team spirit, rather than someone with tons of experience. We'll see how it goes. I just wanted to say that while it's of course always a better idea to err on the side of being too conservative, everyone should also think about the environment they'll be working in. I'm sure if you're a video game developer, you are certainly allowed to crack a joke or two without seeming unprofessional. They may have problem with the pre-interview beer though ahah
amber512 amber512 5 years
Wow, people amaze me!
amber512 amber512 5 years
Wow, people amaze me!
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