Common Job Interview Mistakes 

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Nearly Half of Employers Know if a Candidate is a Good Fit Within the First Five Minutes   
by VERGE Staff | Career | Friday, January 17, 2014 

When it comes to a job interview, the first few minutes may be the most crucial. A new survey from CareerBuilder finds that nearly half (49 percent) of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good or bad fit for the position, and 87 percent know within the first 15 minutes.

The national survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive© from November 6 to December 2, 2013, and included 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

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Top 20 Common Job Interview Mistakes 

The top most detrimental blunders candidates make in interviews, which are often the most common, according to employers include:

Appearing disinterested

Dressing inappropriately 

Appearing arrogant 

Talking negatively about current or previous employers 

Answering a cell phone or texting during the interview 

Appearing uninformed about the company or role 

Not providing specific examples 

Not asking good questions 

Providing too much personal information 

Asking the hiring manager personal questions

Remember, communication involves much more than simply words, it also includes your body language or mannerisms, and forgetting that during an interview could harm your chances. Employers also weighed in on the worst body language mistakes candidates make in job interviews, which include:

Failure to make eye contact 

Failure to smile 

Bad posture

Fidgeting too much in one's seat 

Playing with something on the table

Handshake that is too weak 

Crossing one's arms over one's chest 

Playing with one's hair or touching one's face 

Using too many hand gestures 

Handshake that is too strong 

"Employers want to see confidence and genuine interest in the position. The interview is not only an opportunity to showcase your skills, but also to demonstrate that you're the type of person people will want to work with," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. "Going over common interview questions, researching the company, and practicing with a friend or family member can help you feel more prepared, give you a boost in confidence, and help calm your nerves."

Source: CareerBuilder. Photo credit: ©iStock/hfng 


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