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February 13 2014

Unbelievable But True Job Interview Mishaps


The post-interview process can be nerve-racking. Once you leave your prospective employer’s office, personal doubts linger. Did you answer the tough questions correctly? Did you truly communicate what makes you the perfect fit for the position? How long should you wait to follow up?

Next time these common questions create a lot of noise in your head, be thankful that you will never fall into the list that makes up this article. These are five unbelievable but true job interview mistakes from a recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,200 hiring managers.

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Applicant checked Facebook during the interview.

When a friend request is waiting, nothing can get in the way — not even your career. This applicant took social media addiction to a new level by scrolling through the Facebook news feed during the interview.

Applicant arrived in a jogging suit because he was going running after the interview.

Perhaps this guy wanted to make sure the hiring manager recognized that he took his health seriously. On the bright side, at least he didn’t go running before the interview. I don’t think “dripping in sweat” is a positive interview write-up, either.

Applicant brought personal photo albums.

The list of past experience on the resumé didn’t seem like enough to help the interviewer really get to know this applicant. Solution: flip through a book of childhood memories.

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Applicant wanted to know the name and phone number of the receptionist because he really liked her.

Who wants to get a job when they can get a date? While most job applicants might ask for the interviewer’s card to follow up, this guy took another route in the hopes of following up with the receptionist.

Applicant crashed her car into the building.

Now this is what I like to call an entrance. Forget waiting patiently for someone to walk you back to the interview room. This applicant embodied the spirit of immediacy by crashing her car into the building.

Want to learn how to make the interviewer remember you for all the right reasons? Click here for seven factors that will impact your next face-to-face conversation about what makes you right for the job.

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