Biggest mistakes you can make during an interview

In a job market where a single open position can receive dozens, even hundreds of applicants, just getting to the interview stage is a huge accomplishment.

So, how do you make sure you make the right impression?

CareerBuilder.com interviewed thousands of employers. Here are the most common mistakes people make.

  • Answering cell phone or texting
  • Appearing disinterested
  • Dressing inappropriately
  • Appearing arrogant
  • Talking negatively about current or previous employers
  • Chewing gum

Most unusual interview mistakes:

  • Candidate brought a "how to interview book" with him to the interview.
  • Candidate asked, "What company is this again?"
  • Candidate put the interviewer on hold during a phone interview.  When she came back on the line, she told the interviewer that she had a date set up for Friday.
  • When a candidate interviewing for a security position wasn't hired on the spot, he painted graffiti on the building.
  • Candidate wore a Boy Scout uniform and never told interviewers why.
  • Candidate was arrested by federal authorities during the interview when the background check revealed the person had an outstanding warrant. 
  • Candidate talked about promptness as one of her strengths after showing up ten minutes late.
  • On the way to the interview, the candidate passed, cut-off, and flipped his middle finger at the driver who happened to be the interviewer.
  • Candidate referred to himself in the third person.
  • Candidate took off his shoes during the interview.
  • Candidate asked for a sip of the interviewer's coffee.
  • Candidate told the interviewer she wasn't sure if the job offered was worth "starting the car for."
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