Identity Crisis A candidate asked, "What company is this again?"
When hundreds of people are applying for every job posted, you'd think candidates would show up on their A-game for interviews. But you would be wrong. Some say and do the darndest things. As part of an annual survey, CareerBuilder tells ten completely off-the-wall (but true) accounts of oddball interview behavior on the part of applicants. While you'd probably never sink this low, you may be guilty of more typical occurrences that will greatly hurt your chances: The vast majority of execs surveyed say common mistakes made during interviews include answering cell phones or texting, appearing disinterested or arrogant, dressing inappropriately, chewing gum and speaking negatively about current or past employers. "It may seem unlikely that candidates would ever answer a cell phone during an interview, or wear shorts," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "But when we talk to hiring managers, we remarkably hear these stories all of the time." More than 3,000 employers, hiring and HR managers took part in the research.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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