February 04, 2016

10 strange ways to ruin a job interview

We've all had a horrible job interview experience at some point in our lives where everything seems to go horribly wrong. I once did a phone interview with what I thought was a bad cold only to have enough breath between coughs to get a couple words out at a time and later discovered I actually had walking pneumonia. Needless to say, I didn't get asked for a second interview. But bad interviews are always a learning experience -- even if that means just teaching you what not to do. Sometimes, we need a little humor though for those times when the only way to feel better is by knowing it could have been worse. 

In a new survey of 2,500 hiring managers and HR managers from CareerBuilder, employers shared the most memorable -- and admittedly a little bit funny -- job interview mistakes candidates have made. According to the survey, fifty percent of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position. Here are a few real-life ways people have uhh...been removed from that category? 

The 10 Strangest Things People Have Done in Job Interviews

  1. Candidate took a family photo off of interviewer’s desk and put it into her purse.
  2. Candidate started screaming that the interview was taking too long.
  3. Candidate said their main job was being a psychic/medium and tried to read interviewer’s palm, despite interviewer’s attempts to decline the offer.
  4. When asked what their ideal job was, candidate said "painter of birdhouses." (Company was hiring for a data entry clerk.)
  5. Candidate sang their responses to questions.
  6. Candidate put lotion on their feet during the interview.
  7. When asked why he wanted the position, candidate replied, “My wife wants me to get a job.”
  8. Candidate started feeling interviewer’s chest to find a heartbeat so they could “connect heart to heart.”
  9. Candidate had a pet bird in their shirt.
  10. Candidate took phone interview in the bathroom – and flushed. 
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