Top 5 ways candidates ruin job interviews

Interviews are often the most stressful part of the hiring process, for candidate and recruiter alike. And, unfortunately, they’re often a catalyst for hurried remarks and rushed judgements.

A recent survey from CareerBuilder found the top five ways that an applicant has ruined a job interview.

Rosemary Haefner, Chief Human Resources Officer for CareerBuilder, commented: “Preparing for an interview takes a lot more than Googling answers to common interview questions. Candidates have to make a great first impression appearance-wise, have a solid understanding of the target company, know exactly how to convey that they’re the perfect fit for the job and control their body language.”

The survey, which interviewed 2,595 hiring and Human Resource Managers in America, found that 69% of recruiters caught the candidate lying about something. 68% of recruiters found applicants answering a call or text message during the interview, whilst 60% reported candidates appearing arrogant or entitled.

Half of recruiters asked said they had candidates dressing inappropriately, and another half said they had witnessed a candidate swear during an interview.

As for recruiters favourite interview questions, the survey found that a lot of the hiring managers asked had the same five they liked to ask routinely;

Tell me about yourself- 55%

Why do you want this job? -50%

Why did you leave your last job?- 50%

What is your greatest strength and greatest weakness?- 49%

Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it- 48%

For some more adventurous curveballs, take a look at the top business leaders favourite interview questions here

Comments (2)
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:44pm GMT
Fabian Page
I find it hard to believe that 68% of candidates have answered a call or text in an interview.
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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:44pm GMT
Very shocked at the statistic that 68% of people have answered calls or texts during an interview.
Surely this is more likely to be that 68% of interviewers have witnessed this?
Or is the etiquette in the States completely different to here?
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