Interviewing is tough. Luckily, we offer a ton of advice to
help you to prepare
like a champion and answer the most
common interview questions with poise.
But no matter how well you prepare, you can still slip up
and make a mistake that costs you a shot at the job. As technology and the
recruiting process evolves, so do the ways in which you can mess up your interview.
This is how to miss
out on job opportunities, according to recruiters
US job site Jobvite interviewed recruiters themselves, to
reveal the biggest mistakes they see.
Here they are:
The majority (86%) said that having a bad
attitude toward the receptionist or any support staff would immediately
disqualify a candidate during an interview.
71% of recruiters said they’d reject an
applicant for checking their phone during an interview.
Arrive late for the interview and 58% of
recruiters will toss your application onto the NO pile.
Do not bring food: 38% said eating during an
interview would seriously hurt your prospects.
A small number (5%) said excessive makeup would
be reason enough for rejection (but 1% said a lack of makeup was a problem).
But the worst thing you can do in an interview is say, 'I
have no questions’. Rachel Bitte, chief people officer at recruiting software
company Jobvite says "That's just
the worst thing in the world. That's like the kiss of death, almost. You don't
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The Jobvite report found that recruiters had also seen applicants
show up to interviews underdressed, not knowing what company they were
interviewing for or who seemed to be drunk during an interview.
For more interview advice see our Interview Tips articles.