Sarcasm, halitosis and The Ramones; some candidates just can’t seem to get it right.
A recent poll conducted by Business Insider has found some of the worst - and some of the oddest - mistakes young people have made during interviews. And despite the fact that there is an air of understanding when it comes to assessing inexperienced applicants, some faux pas’ just can’t be overlooked.
In the technological age we live in, Skype interviews are fast becoming a real favourite in global recruitment. However, some candidates seem to forget that when the interviewer can see them, they can also see the landscape behind them.
Students are presumed to be messy by nature, but piles of dirty laundry and mountains of pizza boxes don’t exactly make a great first impression. According to Business Insider, one candidate’s cat actually leapt out of an open window in the middle of their assessment.
Other online blunders include using a photo of a child/dog/guinea pig as a LinkedIn profile picture, monotonous video resumés and failing to follow up via email.
For a full list of young applicant’s worst interview mistakes, see below;
- Typos anywhere on a CV or cover letter
- Having bad breath
- Not telling a good story about your life
- Being overly sarcastic or negative
- Being arrogant
- Not knowing anything about the field you’re interviewing for
- Sending email attachments
- Wearing a Ramones t-shirt to a job interview
- Letting your cat escape out of a window during a live video chat
- Trying to negotiate your salary in the first meeting
- Using a photo of your dog or kids, or a bad picture of yourself, on your Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts
- Forgetting to follow up via email
- Putting career 'objectives' at the top of your resumé
- Trying to impress us with your off-the-wall creativity
- Sending us a video resumé
- Failing to provide a link to your LinkedIn profile
- Eating a sandwich during the meeting
- Being 'low-energy'
- Men forgetting to shave
- Making your CV three pages long when you have no experience
What’s the worst mistake you’ve seen a candidate make during an interview? Let us know in the comments.