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Most Embarrassing Job Interview Mistakes Revealed

As a job seeker, don’t be memorable for the WRONG reasons! In this slideshow from OfficeTeam, find out some of the most embarrassing job interview moments that have happened in real life. You’ll also get tips for avoiding these types of mistakes when meeting with employers.

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Most Embarrassing Job Interview Mistakes Revealed

  1. Most Embarrassing Job Interview Mistakes Revealed (And How You Can Avoid Them) © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. All rights reserved. © 201T4h Oisf fmiceaTteeraiaml .i sA t hReo bceorntf iHdaelnf tCiaol mprpoapneyr.t yA onf EOqfufiacel OTepapmor.t uCnoitpyy Einmg polor yreepr rMod/Fu/cDinisga tbhiilsity m/Vaetet.rial is strictly prohibited.
  2. “The candidate called the interviewer by the wrong name.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.
  3. “One job seeker had lettuce on his teeth when he arrived.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.
  4. “An interviewee was so nervous she almost fainted.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.
  5. “The applicant did a song and dance routine in hopes of getting the job.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.
  6. “Someone brought his pet dog.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.
  7. “When a woman was asked to tell the interviewer a little about herself, she didn’t have anything to say.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.
  8. Some job seekers failed to dress the part: “An applicant showed up in sweatpants.” © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. “One candidate didn’t realize his zipper was down.” “The person was wearing mismatched shoes.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada
  9. These professionals should have watched what they said: “Someone started swearing during the interview.” © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. “One job applicant was caught lying on her resume during the meeting.” “A candidate claimed he was late because he got lost, but the receptionist said she saw him hanging out at the coffee shop.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada
  10. Others didn’t realize that actions speak louder than words: “A candidate fell asleep.” © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. “One applicant said he never lets people see him sweat -- but he was sweating profusely.” “The person was checking his cell phone and chewing gum during the interview.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada
  11. This job seeker made the ultimate of interview mistakes: “A guy didn’t know what job he was applying for.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.
  12. And sometimes, the interviewers were guilty of cringe-worthy moments: “Someone spilled a pot of hot coffee on the candidate.” “An interviewer walked into the closet instead of the meeting room.” © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. “A hiring manager was reading the wrong person’s resume.” Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada
  13. 7 ways to avoid embarrassing job interview mistakes: 1. Do your research about the company. 2. Practice responses to common and tough questions. 3. Dress to impress, paying attention to details from head to toe. 4. Verify directions in advance and build in time to decompress before meeting. 5. Don’t lie or stretch the truth. 6. Watch your body language and delivery when responding. 7. Speak diplomatically about former employers. Source: OfficeTeam survey of 613 senior managers in the United States and Canada © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.
  14. About OfficeTeam: OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation’s leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. Visit OfficeTeam’s Take Note blog for more career, workplace and management trends officeteam.com © 2014 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.

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