In its latest survey on interview mistakes, CareerBuilder found 57% of respondents say this is the most common mistake. One hiring manager, responding to the most unusual blunder encountered, said a candidate wore a business suit with flip flops to the interview.
According to a CareerBuilder press release, other common mistakes made during interviews include:
- Appearing disinterested – 55%;
- Speaking negatively about a current or previous employer – 52%;
- Appearing arrogant – 51%;
- Answering a cell phone or texting during the interview – 46%;
- Not providing specific answers – 34%; and
- Not asking good questions – 34%.
Other unusual blunders respondents say they’ve encountered include:
- Candidate asked if the interviewer wanted to meet for a drink after.
- Candidate had applied for an accounting job, yet said he was “bad at managing money.”
- Candidate ate food in the employee break room after the interview.
- Candidate recited poetry.
- Candidate applying for a customer service job said “I don’t really like working with people.”
- Candidate had to go immediately to get his dog that had gotten loose in the parking lot.
- Candidate looked at the ceiling during the entire interview.
- Candidate used Dungeons and Dragons as an example of teamwork.
- Candidate filed fingernails.
The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 2,720 hiring managers (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government), ages 18 and over, between November 5 and November 23, 2009.