Interviewing can be a deal-breaker from the point-of-view of all parties involved. You can have the best resume to come out of your graduating class, but if your interview skills leave something to be desired than your candidacy will likely be put in jeopardy. The same goes for a job hunter who's weighing her options — a company could have the most impressive website and on-paper reputation, but if your interviewer is someone you can't wait to get away from, you might leave wondering if you'd be equally incompatible with the other employees.
While CareerBuilder's survey that resulted in their Top 10 Interview Mistakes only reports the faults of job hunters, the examples interviewers acknowledged as real-life mistakes are pretty unbelievable. The top ten are hardly subtle in their inappropriate nature, and it's safe to say you should never mimic them unless you're trying to not get the job.
- Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation.
- Applicant told the interviewer he wouldn't be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died - and his uncle wasn't "looking too good."
- The job seeker asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.
- The applicant smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.
There are six more on the list so just
- Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was "classified."
- Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss.
- When the applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn't want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.
- An applicant said she was a "people person" not a "numbers person" -- in her interview for an accounting position.
- During a phone interview the candidate flushed the toilet while talking to hiring manager.
- The applicant took out a hair brush and brushed her hair.