The Top 5 Job Interview Behaviors to Avoid
Mistake #1: Lying. It should go without saying
that lying during an interview is a huge no-no. Yet, candidates still do it, and when they get caught, itís enough for 66 percent of hiring managers to immediately remove
them from consideration.
Mistake #2: Answering a cell phone or text during the
interview. One of the fastest ways to lose favor and ruin a job interview is to answer a call or text in the middle of it, according to 64 percent of hiring
managers surveyed. Understandably so. Checking your phone during an interview sends the message that you donít take the interview seriously and shows a lack of respect
for your interviewer and his or her time. Take temptation out of the way entirely by turning your phone off or silencing it before you start the interview. (Donít simply
put it on vibrate, either. Thatís not fooling anyone.)
Mistake #3: Appearing arrogant. Appearing
arrogant or entitled is an instant disqualifier for 59 percent of hiring managers. While you should be ready and able to discuss your professional accomplishments and
what makes you stand out, thereís a fine line between boasting and bragging. Frame your big wins in the company's overall success: your impressive sales numbers
attributed to the company's biggest year in earnings, for example. Also remember that no one owes you a job, no matter how well qualified you think you are. Remember your
manners and show them that you appreciate their time with a simple but genuine ďthank you.Ē
Mistake #4: Dressing inappropriately. Wearing
clothes that are too tight or too loose, too dressy or too casual, or wearing brands and logos in professional settings is a bad sign, according to 49 percent of hiring
managers. But before you accuse your interviewer of playing fashion police instead of interviewing you about your skills, remember why they even care about your
appearance: They're evaluating your judgment and how you'd appear to customers. Do you show you can fit in with company culture? Are you there to bring professionalism to
the organization? Dress the part.
Mistake #5. Blaming others for your mistakes. Nearly
half of hiring managers (48 percent) are completely turned off by a candidate who appears to have a lack of accountability. Oftentimes, interviewers ask about
difficulties youíve encountered in the workplace -- from a conflict with a co-worker to making a mistake on the job -- in order to assess your ability to overcome
challenges and learn from them. But if your answers involve placing blame on others without taking any ownership for your own actions, it can be perceived as a lack of
maturity and self-awareness, as well as an inability to work well with others.
The Top 5 Body Language Mistakes to Avoid
Mistake #1: Not making eye contact. Two thirds
of hiring managers (67 percent) say that failing to make eye contact is one of the biggest body language mistakes job candidates make. This could be because not looking
someone in the eye can appear as if youíre trying to hide something and are therefore untrustworthy.
Mistake #2: Refusing to smile. Failing to smile
is a major concern among 39 percent of hiring managers. Aside from giving off the impression that youíre cold or standoffish, not smiling also tells hiring managers that
youíd rather be anywhere else. Who wants to hire someone who doesnít want to be there?
Mistake #3: Playing with something on the table. One
third of hiring managers (34 percent) have witnessed a candidate playing with something on the table during the interview - and they arenít having it. Not only is it
completely juvenile behavior, it shows a complete lack of interest in the interview - and disrespect for the managerís time.
Mistake #4: Fidgeting too much in your seat. Is
there some place more important you have to be? This is the message you send hiring managers when you fidget too much in your seat - and why 32 percent of hiring managers
will seriously reconsider you as a potential hire.
Mistake #5: Crossing your arms over your chest. Did
the interviewer say something to offend you? Is someone forcing you to be there? Are you pouting because someone stole your snack pack? These are the messages you might
be sending with your arms crossed over your chest. Itís no wonder 32 percent of hiring managers find this gesture off-putting.