OK, maybe the applicant didn't dress up like Star Trek's Captain Kirk for the job interview. But whatever Trekkie identity the applicant assumed, it didn't impress the hiring manager, who sent the applicant trekking out the door.
It's time for CareerBuilder's annual report on job interview oops moments, based on an online survey of 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals conducted by Harris Interactive in November and December. Nearly half of the managers say they know within five minutes if a candidate will fit the position and 87 percent know within the first 15 minutes. Lesson here? First impressions count.
So here are 2013's most memorable blunders, based on the interviews.
- Applicant warned the interviewer that she "took too much Valium" and didn't think her interview was indicative of her personality
- Applicant acted out a Star Trek role
- Applicant acted like he was answering a phone call for an interview with a competitor
- Applicant arrived in a jogging suit because he was going running after the interview
- Applicant asked for a hug
- Applicant attempted to secretly record the interview
- Applicant brought personal photo albums
- Applicant called himself his own personal hero
- Applicant checked Facebook during the interview
- Applicant crashed her car into the building
- Applicant popped out his teeth when discussing dental benefits
- Applicant kept his iPod headphones on during the interview
- Applicant set fire to the interviewer¹s newspaper (hope it wasn't the Philadelphia Inquirer!) while reading it when the interviewer said, "impress me."
- Applicant said that he questioned his daughter¹s paternity
- Applicant wanted to know the number of the receptionist because he really liked her
Here are common mistakes:
- Appearing disinterested 55 percent
- Dressing inappropriately 53 percent
- Appearing arrogant 53 percent
- Talking negatively about current or previous employers 50 percent
- Answering a cell phone or texting during the interview 49 percent
- Appearing uninformed about the company or role 39 percent
- Not providing specific examples 33 percent
- Providing too much personal information 20 percent
- Asking the hiring manager personal questions 17 percent