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CareerBuilder Lists Interview Blunders

January 09 2013

Inexperience and errors in judgment abound in a list of interview blunders gathered by CareerBuilder. The list is based on a survey of 2,611 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,991 workers nationwide.

Here are the blunders:

  • Candidate said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal.
  • Candidate denied that he had a cell phone with him even though it could be heard ringing in the briefcase beside him.
  • Candidate emptied the employer's candy dish into her pocket.
  • Candidate said he didn't like getting up early and didn't like to read.
  • Candidate asked to be paid “under the table.”
  • Candidate reached over and placed a hand on the interviewer’s knee.
  • Candidate commented that he would do whatever it takes to get the job done, legal or not.
  • Candidate hugged the president of the company.
  • Candidate called his wife to see what they were having for dinner.
  • Candidate asked to postpone the start date so she could still get holiday gifts from vendors at her current job.
  • Candidate called in sick to her current employer during the interview, faking an illness.
  • Candidate said he didn’t want the job if he had to work a lot.
  • Candidate wouldn’t answer a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.


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Mr. P01/11/2013 11:02 am

That last bullet point is actually a legitimate concern. The interviewee probably didn't handle the question tactfully, and could have given a more generalized approach type answer.

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