Top 10 job-interview mistakes

If laughter is the best medicine, then consider the following “worst interview mistakes” – none of which you’ll want to make.

By the way, before you get to the list, just know that all of the examples cited here were supplied by human resources departments, meaning they’re all real-life examples that you just have to hope never happen to you.

1. A guy didn’t know what job he was applying for.

2. A candidate fell asleep.

3. The person was checking his cell phone and chewing gum during the interview.

4. The candidate called the interviewer by the wrong name.

5. One job seeker had lettuce in his teeth when he arrived.

6. A candidate claimed he was late because he got lost, but the receptionist said she saw him hanging out at the coffee shop.

7. One job applicant was caught lying on her resume during the meeting.

8. An interviewee was so nervous she almost fainted.

9. The applicant did a song and dance routine in hopes of getting the job.

10. A candidate brought his pet dog.

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About the Author

Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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