Interview in seeking a Job is nerve-racking.
One is consumed by anxiety and it is in direct proportion to your need of the Job.
I have found that both an interviewed and a Recruiter that it is best to be your normal self, be open, courteous,not over aggressive,no second guesses and be honest to say No when you do not know the answer.
I reproduce some unusual mistakes committed in the Interview.
- Candidate brought a “how to interview book” with him to the interview.
- Candidate asked, “What company is this again?”
- Candidate put interviewer on hold during a phone interview. When she came back on the line, she told the interviewer that she had a date set up for Friday.
- Candidate wore a Boy Scout uniform and never told interviewers why.
- Candidate talked about promptness as one of her strengths after showing up ten minutes late.
- On the way to the interview, candidate passed, cut-off, and flipped middle finger to driver who happened to be the interviewer.
- Candidate referred to himself in the third person.
- Candidate took off shoes during interview.
- Candidate asked for a sip of interviewer’s coffee.
- A mature candidate told interviewer she wasn’t sure if the job offered was worth “starting the car for.”
CareerBuilder Survey lists the following findings.
- Answering cell phone or texting: 77 percent
- Appearing disinterested: 75 percent
- Dressing inappropriately: 72 percent
- Appearing arrogant: 72 percent
- Talking negatively about current or previous employers: 67 percent
- Chewing gum: 63 percent.”
- So how can you avoid making mistakes – outrageous or otherwise – in your next job interview?Be prepared, says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “With preparation and practice, candidates can greatly improve their interview skills,” she says. Well-prepared job seekers are more confident, articulate and relaxed – and therefore less susceptible to error – than those who aren’t.
Before your interview, research the company, conduct mock-interviews with friends and practice telling specific anecdotes that highlight your accomplishments, Haefner suggests.