U R Not Hired! Job Hunters Ruin Their Chances By Texting During Interviews
U R Not Hired! Job Hunters Ruin Their Chances By Texting During Interviews Employers Share Top Ten Most Memorable Interview Mistakes in New CareerBuilder Survey
One in 10 (13%) of UK business leaders say (32%) of jobseekers are ruining their chances by answering mobiles or texting during job interviews, according to a new poll released today. Recruiters said other common blunders included criticising current or previous employers (32%), appearing arrogant or disinterested (30%) dressing inappropriately (30%) or providing too much personal information (23%). The most frequent mistakes were listed as not sharing information about specific accomplishments (57%) and not asking good questions (51%). The study, conducted on behalf of online jobs site CareerBuilder.co.uk among more than 100 UK business leaders across industries, also highlighted some of the most bizarre and memorable interview gaffes from candidates including:
A candidate who kept his crash helmet on the whole time.
A candidate who made an international phone call when the interviewer left the room.
A candidate who wanted to be a vicar when applying for a full-time accounting position.
A candidate who fell asleep.
A candidate who brought a family member with her to the interview.
A candidate who asked for a cigarette.
A candidate who talked about her love life.
A candidate who dunked his biscuit in a hot drink (which broke in the mug) and dug it out with his fingers.
A who candidate said she didnt know why she was at the interview.
A who candidate kept scratching the top of his leg.
Job interviews are high-stress, high-pressure situations, said Tony Roy, President of CareerBuilder EMEA. Its important to practice responses. Research the company and industry and prepare thoughtful questions about new developments and opportunities. Show enthusiasm and provide examples of what you can bring to the table for their organisation. Careerbuilder.co.uk highlighted three tips for applicants facing an interview:
Prepare an Im fabulous file. Make sure to incorporate examples of past successes and ways you have contributed to your previous employers into the discussion
Stay positive If youve been out of work for a while, dont apologize. Employers know its a tough job market. What theyll be looking for is how active you have been, did you volunteer, take a class, do something to grow professionally. Emphasize what you learned from the experience
Come in with ideas. One of the best ways to stand out is to show that youre already thinking like an employee. For example, if youre applying for a marketing job, propose ideas for a new company campaign
Survey MethodologyAn online survey of more than 500 business leaders in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden was conducted in a range of organizations between 29 April and 7 May. Business leaders included C-level executives, directors and senior managers with recruitment responsibilities. The survey was conducted online by Shape the Future, a market research agency based near London which specialises in high speed online research. The total sample size in the UK was 106, giving a margin of error of 9.52% at 95% confidence. The survey was conducted strictly according to the code of conduct of the UKs Market Research Society.