Don't Ruin Your Chances at the Job Interview
CareerBuilder has come out with its annual report on outrageous interview behavior and, as usual, there are real-life examples from hiring managers that will boggle your mind. But to provide more to our readers than some chuckles, we're also including several common traits of interviewees that typically land them in the "do not hire" pile, also compiled by CareerBuilder. One mistake involves a lack of concrete responses to questions. For example, applicants often attempt to cover up their lack of knowledge with vague answers. "A job interview can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences out there, so it's important to plan and practice," advises Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Have a friend run through a mock interview with you. Thoroughly research the company ahead of time and draft responses that incorporate your accomplishments. The more prepared you are, the less likely you are to run into mishaps." More than 2,600 hiring managers and nearly 4,000 workers took part in the research.