Fun Friday: 10 biggest interview mistakes

There's a difference between being nervous and being negligent

Fun Friday: 10 biggest interview mistakes

A candidate’s CV can speak volumes about the person’s qualifications and abilities. But when it comes to gauging their character, a face-to-face interview is still the recruiter’s best strategy for vetting applicants.

Four in five employers (79.3%) admit to being annoyed by a candidate’s attitude and behaviour during the interview, a study by independent job board CV-Library revealed.

When an applicant gets on the hiring manager’s bad side, the person might find only about 10% of companies are still willing to employ them despite their missteps during the interview.

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“The cost of making a bad hire can have a hugely negative effect on your business, especially for startups and organisations with thin profit margins,” said Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library.

“That’s why it’s so important to filter and find the very best candidates throughout your interview process.”

Which interview blunders spell disaster for employers?

Top 10 interview mistakes

  • Lying – 68.5%
  • Turning up late – 65.3%
  • Being arrogant – 45.1%
  • Not being hygienic – 29.6%
  • Boasting about other interviews/offers - 17.8%
  • Avoiding eye contact – 16.9%
  • Turning up under-dressed – 15.5%
  • Being sarcastic – 14.6%
  • Being too shy – 4.7%
  • Not shaking the interviewer’s hand – 4.7%

“Understandably, interview etiquette is important and should play a major part in evaluating a candidate,” Biggins said.

Then again, interviews can be nerve-racking for candidates, especially for the more introverted type. But there’s a difference between being nervous and being negligent.

“It’s only natural for a candidate to feel nervous or be a little rusty, but this doesn’t excuse taboos such as lying or turning up late without a justifiable excuse,” Lee added. “If either of these happen during an interview, this should without doubt be a major red flag.”

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