Monday, March 7, 2016

Wacky things not to do in interviews

Where do I see myself in 10 years?
At very least, interviewers may be looking for common sense in job seekers. Don't shoot yourself in the foot going in--I mean, literally--don't shoot yourself in the foot.

Matthew Tarpey, CareerBuilder, says it would seem common sense would prevent the following errors, but as we all know, common sense is far from common.

--One jobseeker took a family photo off the interviewer's desk and put it in her purse.

--A candidate started screaming that the interview was taking too long.

---Another seeker said her main job was as a medium--would the interviewer like her palm read?

--When asked her ideal job, one said "painting birdhouses." The job was data entry clerk.

--Another SANG her responses.

--A prospect tried to feel the interviewer's chest so they could go heart to heart.

--Another had a pet bird with him--in his shirt.

--Candidate took a phone interviewer in the john--and audibly flushed.

Other missteps include body language.

In a survey, 67% of interviewers said the worst mistake was not making eye contact.

--Failing to smile--39%

--Playing with something on the table--33%

--Bad posture---30%

--Fidgeting--29%

--Playing with hair, touching face--27%

Weak handshake--21%

Gesturing too much--11%

Do I really have to tell you this stuff still?

Sometimes I think the WORST advice is Be Yourself.

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