Job seekers work hard to get a job interview. Once they get the interview, though, it is clear many don’t understand the need to impress, to fit into an existing culture or to compete well.
A recent CareerBuilder study of over 2,200 hiring managers and human resources representatives showed some amazing behavior on the part of job seekers:
- One applicant crashed her car into the building
- Many applicants dress strangely – in a Star Wars costume or in their running gear
- An applicant kept iPod headphone on during the interview
- Another checked Facebook during the job interview
- One over-eager candidate asked for the receptionist’s name and phone number because he really liked her
I’ve heard many other horror stories from recruiters and experienced a few myself as an interviewer. Please do NOT do any of these behaviors during a job interview:
Misusing Cell Phones:
- Answering a call
- Playing a game on the smart phone while waiting, or even interviewing
- Asking to delay the start of the interview until composing an email was completed
Demonstrating Bad Manners:
- Arriving late
- Bad breath
- Bad body odor or too much perfume or cologne
- Cursing during the interview
- Arriving too early (more than 10 minutes)
- Parking in the employee parking spaces
- Smelling like cigarette or cigar smoke
- Being rude to the elevator operator, receptionist, secretary, or other “unimportant” staff members
- Coughing and sneezing and not covering up
Being Unprepared for Job Interviews:
- Not knowing which job being interviewed for
- Not remembering the title and requirements of the job being interviewed for
- Not having copies of the resume ready to give to interviewers
- Not having a good answer to, “What do you know about us?”
- Not having good questions about the job and the organization ready to ask (questions that couldn’t be answered by a Google search or pre-interview preparation)
Acting Very Oddly in Job Interviews:
- Bringing small children in strollers
- Attempting to include parents in the interview
- Bringing a sandwich and soft drink (or coffee and a bagel) and eating during the interview that was not intended to be a meal
- Appearing tipsy or drugged
- Deliberately Avoiding eye contact
- Dressing inappropriately – this is not a night club!
Of course, not everyone is this clueless; still, we can learn from the mistakes of others. Who knows, we just might have the very next interview after a candidate commits one of these blunders!
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About the Author: Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 2011, NETability purchased WorkCoachCafe.com, which Susan has been editor and publisher of WorkCoach since then. Susan also edits and publishes Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.