Employers Share Most Memorable Interview Blunders

When it comes to a job interview, the first few minutes may be the most crucial. A new survey from CareerBuilder finds that nearly half of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good or bad fit for the position, and 87 percent know within the first 15 minutes .When asked to share the most outrageous mistakes candidates made during a job interview, employers gave surprising real-life examples.

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When it comes to a job interview, the first few minutes may be the most crucial. A new survey from CareerBuilder finds that nearly half of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good or bad fit for the position, and 87 percent know within the first 15 minutes . The national survey included 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes. When asked to share the most outrageous mistakes candidates made during a job interview, employers gave surprising real-life examples.
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An applicant warned the interviewer that she “took too much Valium” and didn’t think her interview was indicative of her personality.
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An applicant acted out a Star Trek role during an interview.
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An interviewee answered a phone call for an interview with a competitor.
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A man arrived in a jogging suit because he was going running after the interview.
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An applicant asked for a hug in the interview.
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One applicant attempted to secretly record their interview.
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An applicant checked Facebook during the interview.
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An applicant brought personal photo albums to the interview.
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One interviewee called himself his own personal hero.
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An applicant crashed her car into the building.
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Man popped out his teeth when discussing dental benefits during the interview.
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Woman kept her iPod headphones on during the interview.
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An applicant set fire to the interviewer’s newspaper while reading it when the interviewer said “impress me."
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During an interview, a man said that he questioned his daughter’s paternity.
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An applicant asked the interviewer for the name and phone number of the receptionist because he really liked her.
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