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Job interview faux pas: nodding off

It’s difficult enough for candidates to land an interview in a tough hiring environment like manufacturing. For some, landing a face-to-face results in them falling on their faces.


March 21, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

TORONTO: It’s difficult enough for candidates to land an interview in a tough hiring environment like manufacturing. For some, landing a face-to-face results in them falling on their faces.

Job site CareerBuilder.ca’s annual survey of more than 600 workers and 280 hiring and HR managers offers some face-plant doozies. Any of these sound familiar?

• Candidate yawned and started to nod off.

• Candidate admitted to being very difficult to work with and stubborn about accepting instruction.

• Candidate arrived late and appeared to come straight from a nightclub.

• Candidate provided a reference but asked that we not contact the person because they wouldn’t say anything good about their work.

• Candidate opened and ate a bag of chips during the interview.

• Candidate talked about his outstanding arrest warrants.

• Candidate said he only applied for the job because his parents made him do it.

• Candidate brought his mother to the interview.

• Candidate discussed not wanting to work very hard.

• Candidate arrived for the interview wearing sweatpants.

• Candidate got up and left during the interview without an explanation.

Hiring and human resource managers were asked to rate the biggest mistakes candidates make during interviews. Here are the top six:

• Appearing arrogant: 74%

• Answering cell phone or texting: 73%

• Talking negatively about current or previous employers: 73%

• Appearing disinterested: 71%

• Chewing gum: 64%

• Dressing inappropriately: 59%

The survey was conducted online by Canada by Harris Interactive with a +/- 3.71% margin of error.