Most employers and career HR specialists have tales to tell about job interviews gone awry or signs that the employee might not make a good hire. CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive recently surveyed more than 3,000 employers and compiled a list of the most-cringeworthy interview mistakes. Employers and would-be employees alike can learn from the most-frequently cited mistakes. There’s also some good advice for job candidates.
Here are a few of the more unusual experiences recounted:

  • Candidate put the interviewer on hold during a phone interview. When she came back on the line, she told the interviewer she had a date set up for Friday.
  • When a candidate interviewing for a security position wasn’t hired on the spot, he graffitied the building.
  • Candidate wore a Boy Scout uniform and never told interviewers why.
  • Candidate was arrested by federal authorities during the interview when a background check revealed the person had an outstanding warrant.
  • On the way to the interview, candidate passed, cut-off, and flipped middle finger to driver who happened to be the interviewer.
  • Candidate referred to himself in the third person.
  • Candidate took off shoes during interview.
  • Candidate asked for a sip of the interviewer’s coffee.

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Candidates Most Unusual Interview Mistakes, 2011
Employers Reveal Candidates’ Most Unusual Job Interview Behavior, 2010

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