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Things to avoid when at a job interview

May 12, 2008 @ 12:24 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

CNN’s coverage of the CareerBuilder.com annual survey of worst job interview mistakes made me reminisce about job interviews I’ve done over the years, from both sides of the table and I’m happy to report that, as far as I know, I haven’t done any of the don’ts on their list. I know a couple of people looking to change jobs, which means they’ll have to go through the interview process at some point. Hopefully they won’t do any of the following things that were reported in the survey results:

  • Ask the interviewer for a ride home after the interview
  • Smell their armpits on the way into the interview room
  • Tell the interviewer they were fired from their last job because they beat up their boss. (You have to wonder how long that last interview went on for.)

But, my favourites are probably these two:

  • Flush the toilet during a phone interview
  • Answering their cell phone during the interview and asking the interviewer to leave the room because it was a “private” conversation

You wouldn’t think you’d actually have to tell someone either of those were inappropriate, eh?

2 Responses to “Things to avoid when at a job interview”


  1. Squid says:

    The best one I’ve ever seen… a guy sends in his CV with a cover letter that says something like “I am looking for a position at a small company like yours in order to get training and experience to move on to a better job at a large company”

    Yes, he actually used “better job”

  2. gordon says:

    LOL!

    Filed that one in the round blue file, I assume?



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