Here's a tip for your next job interview: Don't mention that you punched your previous boss.
It may sound like a no-brainer, but that was just one of ten unusual job interview gaffes according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for . The survey asked over 3,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals nationwide to list their job candidates worst interview blunders. The top ten were:
Job interview nerves are common, but Tanya Flynn, a senior career advisor at CareerBuilder.com, thinks nerves are not the real problem here. She says people make the mistake of getting “too comfortable” and casual at an interview and thus reveal too much personal information.
Flynn's advice is to ask yourself mock questions before heading out to the interview to avoid saying the wrong thing.
Besides asking them to list their most unusual blunders, the survey also asked hiring managers what the most common and damaging mistakes candidates make during job interviews.
The biggest mistake is dressing inappropriately, followed by speaking negatively about a previous employer. In third place was appearing disinterested, followed by appearing arrogant, not providing specific answers and not asking good questions.
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