Interviewing Mistakes that Could Cost You a Job or Fast Cash
What to Do and What NOT to Do
You might feel as though hiring managers want to hear about how you’ve been struggling, just took out a cash advance for fast cash and need a job now. However, they could care less about any of this during an interview. Unfortunately, job seekers have committed such interviewing blunders, says the annual survey of the worst interview mistakes at CareerBuilder.com.
You don’t just have to act in awkward types of behavior to ruin your chances of getting a job. When asked to name the most damaging and common interview mistakes a job candidate could make, 51 percent of hiring managers listed dressing inappropriately. Forty-nine percent named badmouthing former bosses as the worst offense, while 48 percent said that appearing disinterested was their deciding factor. These were just a few of the reasons listed, some more among them were not asking good questions, insufficient answers and arrogance.
For your convenience, I have listed 10 actual mistakes that will draw out what not to do when you take a seat across from the hiring manager at your next interview.
Oh, No She Didn’t!
There was once a candidate who answered her cell phone in the middle of an interview and asked the interviewer to leave his own office because it was a “personal” conversation. This should never be done under any circumstances. You must not forget that you are being judged, whether you like it or not, from the moment that you walk into the doors of the establishment. So, make sure that your cell phone is turned off during an interview, or at least put on vibrate or silent.
Don’t Provide TMI
A guy filling out an application for a job told the interviewer that he probably wouldn’t be staying with the company long because he was expecting an inheritance check when his uncle died, and “he looked half-way to death at the moment.” He finished by adding, “I just need some fast cash to pay off some debt.” This is not the information that a hiring manager or interviewer would like to hear about. If you plan on not being at the company very long, and can’t supply a date when you plan to leave, it’s best not to apply for the job at all.
One candidate asked the interviewer if they could catch a lift home after the interview. Chances are, if you don’t know someone you wouldn’t want them riding in your car after just 30 minutes of bonding time. Make sure that you are prepared before you arrive to the interview, and that means securing a ride there and back.
Express Yourself – But Not Too Much
There was an applicant who lifted each of his arms and smelled his armpits before entering the interviewing room. Needless to say, make sure that any issues regarding personal hygiene are taken care of before you go to the interview. Interviewers logically think that if you are unsure about your cleanliness at an interview, you will be the same way if hired.
There was an interviewee who told the interviewer that she couldn’t provide the company with any writing samples due to the fact that all her work was previously for the CIA and marked as “classified.” Who knows if she actually worked where she said she did (and her resume should have listed it), it was still not the information that is shared at an interview. As a professional, a writing sample should have been drafted before entering the company’s doors. As stated above, always arrive to an interview prepared.
Know When to Keep Thing Professional
Never do what one candidate did and tell the interviewer that he was fired for beating the crap out of his former boss. This is the type of information that makes an interviewer respect his honestly, and thanks the heavens he can cast your resume off to the side. Though the information you’d like to give might be true, ask yourself if it belongs in an interviewing conversation.
Keep the Vices at Home
An applicant was offered some cookies, food and refreshments before an interview and declined them, saying with excitement, “I can’t line my stomach with that grease before I get drunk tonight. I’m getting ripped!” While everyone has their own personal vices, it’s not good to mention the ones during an interview that could lessen your chances of getting the job.
Prove You Should Be There
At an interview for an accounting position, an applicant said that she wasn’t a “numbers person,” she was a “people person.” I’m sure the statement didn’t make a positive impression with the interviewer. Make sure that you can prove to the person interviewing you why you are there and what your skills can bring to the company or business.
Even Over the Phone, Be Polite
During a phone interview with a hiring manager, one interviewee flushed the toilet. As you can guess, the hiring manager didn’t call the candidate back. Make sure that you are professional and polite at all times. First impressions could be lasting impressions, in some cases.
Groom Yourself BEFORE the Interview
The applicant waited until the middle of the interview to take a comb from her purse and give her hair a touch-up. While some might not find anything wrong with keeping up appearances, there is a time and a place for it. You don’t want your hair, clothes, body odor, or brute honesty to lead you towards a fast cash advance or another unemployment line.