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The boss’s most memorable interview mistakes

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Most job seekers know making a good first impression in a job interview is crucial, but sometimes you come across a few jokers who seem hell bent on not getting the job, and on providing you with a few laughs during the interview process. compiled a few of the most memorable mistakes candidates have made in interviews by polling 406 hiring managers and human resources professionals across industries and company sizes.

Read on for your own amusement – and share your own disaster stories in the comments below.

Most memorable interview mistakes:

  • Candidate asked interviewer out on a date
  • Candidate ate a hard-boiled egg
  • Candidate brought in a high school project because their mother thought the interviewer might want to look at it
  • Candidate explained that they would prefer to work at another company but had not heard back from them yet, so they were applying to ours in the meantime
  • Candidate fell asleep
  • Candidate forgot who his current employer was
  • Candidate offered to bake for the office regularly if she was hired
  • Candidate untied his shoes, removed his socks, and rubbed his bare feet on the interviewer’s desk
  • Candidate said they wouldn’t be able to work in the summer if it was sunny as they would be sailing
  • Candidate got up and paced around the office while interviewer remained seated

Most common mistakes employers frequently encounter in candidates:

  • Appearing arrogant (54%)
  • Appearing disinterested (52%)
  • Appearing uninformed about the company or role (49%)
  • Answering a cell phone or texting during the interview (48%)
  • Dressing inappropriately (47%)

Body language can also play a huge part in getting the job, and being aware of non-verbal communication is equally as important as being aware of what you say during an interview. However, many candidates aren’t aware of what their body language says about them to an employer.

These are the biggest non-verbal mistakes bosses have seen:

  • Failure to make eye contact (66%)
  • Bad posture (39%)
  • Failure to smile (38%)
  • Fidgeting too much in his/her seat (38%)
  • Crossing their arms over their chest (34%)
  • Playing with something on the table (30%)
  • Handshake that is too weak (25%)
  • Playing with hair or touching one’s face (25%)
  • Using too many hand gestures (10%)
  • Handshake that is too strong (6%)

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