Things You Should Never Do at a Job Interview

By Dennis McCafferty
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    65% of hiring managers surveyed said that failing to make eye contact is a big body language mistake among job seekers.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, right? This adage certainly applies to a job interview, as your future career success may depend on the choices you make and the way you act during interactions with a potential employer. To provide some guidance, we're offering the following list of common body language mistakes, which was compiled from a survey from CareerBuilder. "Acing the job interview isn't just about what you say in response to the interviewer's questions," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "It's also about what your body language says about you. Employers are looking for those non-verbal cues to indicate a candidate's level of professionalism and [whether] they will be the right fit for the position." On the lighter side, CareerBuilder has also come up with a list of outrageous real-life interview behaviors and exchanges, which we're also including here. They include disclosures about odd nicknames and marital woes, as well as a furry surprise brought to an interview inside a duffle bag. Nearly 2,200 human resources and hiring managers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2015-02-19
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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