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The Dumbest Things Ever Done in Job Interviews

How are your interview skills?

Your New Year Resolution is to find a new job. Thankfully, people are hiring right now, but when you don’t hear from the prospective employer after the interview, you question as to why. You may want to consider that it wasn’t them. Maybe it was YOU.

Some interviewees say that it could be inexperience in interviewing that makes people crack under pressure, others say that they lack interviewing prowess, others even say that they don’t like to brag.

The truth is, hiring managers are finding that not only are people unqualified for the job, but they are also lacking sound judgement and appropriate social skills (no I am not talking about how well you use Facebook and Twitter…that is the problem). To give you some perspective The Street outlined some of the Dumbest Things Ever Done on a Job Interview. (Take note, you don’t want this to be you):

  • 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.

Now that you know what not to do, update your resume and and knock ’em dead in your interview.

Click here for more info on how to land a job at the Townsquare Media Job Fair on Jan. 15

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