There are few things more nerve wracking than a job interview. If nerves alone aren't bad enough, it seems job seekers don’t really have a lot of time to make a good impression. A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 49% of human resource managers say they know within the first five minutes if a candidate is right for a position, and only 8% say it takes a half hour or longer. And it seems a bunch of folks have been failing miserably in those first five minutes.
The survey asked hiring managers to share some of the most unusual things job seekers have done during an interview, and if any of these people really thought they had a shot at the job, they're totally delusional.
The biggest job interview blunders include:
- Candidate did not have the skills to do the job and stated, "Fake it until you make it" as his personal philosophy.
- Candidate asked interviewer if she was qualified to be doing her job.
- Candidate asked for a cocktail.
- Candidate asked to taste the interviewer's coffee.
- Candidate called a government job "something government-y."
- Candidate came to interview wearing slippers.
- Candidate wore a Darth Vader outfit to the interview.
- Candidate spent a lot of time quoting Dwight D. Eisenhower, which had nothing to do with the position he was interviewing for.
- Candidate leaned far forward with his head down during the first five minutes of the interview.
- Candidate offered interviewer pumpkins and said they transfer good energy.
- Candidate pulled out a bag of drugs with his keys.
- Candidate broke out in song in the middle of the interview.
- ONE MORE THING! Hiring managers say that body language is very important in job interviews and many people are making huge mistakes in that department. The biggest mistake is failing to make eye contact (68%), followed by failing to smile (38%) and playing with something on the table (36%). And there are certain things that are absolute deal breakers when it comes to getting a job, with getting caught lying the biggest error (71%), followed by answering a cellphone of text during an interview (67%) and appearing arrogant or entitled (59%).
Source: Market Watch