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
This is how to miss out on job opportunities, according to
US job site Jobvite interviewed recruiters themselves, to
reveal the biggest mistakes they see.
Here they are:
1. The majority
(86%) said that having a bad attitude toward the receptionist or any support
staff would immediately disqualify a candidate during an interview.
2. 71% of
recruiters said they’d reject an applicant for checking their phone during an
3. Arrive late
for the interview and 58% of recruiters will toss your application onto the NO
4. Do not bring
food: 38% said eating during an interview would seriously hurt your prospects.
5. 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 care."
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The Jobvite report found that recruiters had also seen
applicants show up to interviews under-dressed, not knowing what company they
were interviewing for or who seemed to be drunk during an interview.