A recent survey found that the most common job-interview mistakes are dressing inappropriately, appearing disinterested, speaking negatively about another employer, and appearing arrogant. Each of those mistakes was cited by more than half of the 2,700 hiring managers who responded to the survey. But but we are more interested in the less common variety: The strange.
CareerBuilder also asked hiring managers for examples of the most unusual interview mistakes made by jobseekers. Hiring managers offered the following:
- Candidate wore a business suit with flip flops.
- Candidate asked if the interviewer wanted to meet for a drink after.
- Candidate had applied for an accounting job, yet said he was "bad at managing money."
- Candidate ate food in the employee break room after the interview.
- Candidate recited poetry.
- Candidate applying for a customer service job said "I don't really like working with people."
- Candidate had to go immediately to get his dog that had gotten loose in the parking lot.
- Candidate looked at the ceiling during the entire interview.
- Candidate used Dungeons and Dragons as an example of teamwork.
- Candidate filed fingernails.
"With heightened competition for open positions in today's economy, it's important for candidates to put their best foot forward in an interview," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "You want to stand out for the right reasons. Even though the job search process can be frustrating, candidates should stay positive, focus on their strengths and be prepared on how to best sell their skill set."