Job Candidates Should Brush Up on Interview Skills


Interviewing It seems some job candidates need a refresher course when it comes to proper etiquette for job interviews. With a more competitive job market, job-seekers must make a good impression in order to continue in the selection process. But the pressure to be the best sometimes hurts the job candidate’s opportunities.

A CareerBuilder survey, which questioned at least 2,700 hiring managers, discloses some of the craziest and shocking circumstances managers have witnessed during interviews:

  • “Candidate wore a business suit with flip-flops.”
  •  “Candidate asked if the interviewer wanted to meet for a drink after.”
  •  “Candidate had applied for an accounting job, yet said he was ‘bad at managing money.'”
  • “Candidate ate food in the employee break room after the interview.”
  •  “Candidate recited poetry.”
  •  “Candidate applying for a customer service job said, ‘I don’t really like working with people.'”
  •  “Candidate had to go immediately to get his dog that had gotten loose in the parking lot.”
  •  “Candidate looked at the ceiling during the entire interview.”
  •  “Candidate used ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ as an example of teamwork.”
  •  “Candidate filed fingernails.”

Managers also reveal the common mistakes made by job applicants: dressing inappropriately, seeming disinterested, referring to a previous or current employer in a negative manner, appearing arrogant, picking up a call or answering a text on their cell phone, lacking specific answers and not asking good questions.

“With heightened competition for open positions in today’s economy, it’s important for candidates to put their best foot forward in an interview,” says Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s vice president of human resources. “You want to stand out for the right reasons. Even though the job search process can be frustrating, candidates should stay positive, focus on their strengths and be prepared on how to best sell their skill set.”

It might be a good idea to come up with questions and read about the company and its objectives before your interview.

Be sure to dress appropriately and be confident. Show an interest and give the manager your full attention during the interview. You want to present yourself in the best possible light.