July 9, 2017

17 Things Not To Do In An Interview

If you make it to the job interview, you’re doing a lot of things right. Now all you need to do is nail the job interview and you’ll have a really good shot at landing the job. If you’ve made it this far, don’t blow it now.

Job candidate with feet on desk and blowing bubble gum during job interview

9 Reasons Why You Failed The Job Interview

Before you head into your next job interview, you need to put your game face on. If you want to earn the job, you need to be shine. Do your research. Show up on time. Say please and thank you. Mind your body language. Be a professional. Ask questions. There are a lot of things you need to do in a job interview, but at the same time there are a lot of things not to do in an interview.

A single blunder or simple mistake can ruin your chances of getting hired. Below you’ll find a list of things not to do in an interview:

  1. Showing Up Late
  2. Not Dressing The Part
  3. Not Doing Any Research
  4. Answering Your Phone
  5. Being Rude
  6. Lying About Anything
  7. Appearing Desperate
  8. Being Arrogant
  9. Not Asking Questions
  10. Being Creepy
  11. Forgetting Your Body Language
  12. Fidgeting
  13. Getting Too Personal
  14. Cursing
  15. Bad Mouthing Anyone
  16. Not Saying Thank You
  17. Being Too Open & Honest

These job interview mishaps are obviously things not to do in an interview, yet they are surprisingly common mistakes. Re-read the above list and make a mental note to be on your best behavior during your next interview. If you want to find a job, it’s imperative that you don’t do these things!

On a more extreme note, some job candidates really like to stand out from the crowd. If you really want to do something unusual in the job interview, check out this list from CareerBuilder.com. This list includes a few shockers like when a job candidate:

  • Took a family photo off of the interviewer’s desk and put it in her purse.
  • Sang her responses to questions.
  • Put lotion on their feet during the interview.
  • Brought a pet bird with them.
  • Took a phone interview in the bathroom — and flushed.
  • And the list goes on…

Wow. Right? Isn’t it shocking that people actually do these things? If your jaw dropped, imagine how the job interviewer must feel!

The best advice we can give you is to be yourself and be a professional. If you need more advice on how to ace the interview, please visit the JobMonkey blog.

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About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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