Flushing the toilet on a phone interview — and nine other ways not to get hired

Telephone in bathroom

Well, at least it was a phone interview.

Hey, one thing you guys know about me is that I’m all about the low hanging fruit and the cheap laugh. So, when I see that CareerBuilder has published it’s 2016 version of “Employers Share Strangest Interview Mishaps and Biggest Body Language Mistakes,” I’m bout it, bout it.

(Sorry, FMLA compliance nerds, you’ll have to wait for another post).

Here are the “10 Strangest Things People Have Done in Job Interviews”

  1. Candidate took a family photo off of interviewer’s desk and put it into her purse.
  2. Candidate started screaming that the interview was taking too long.
  3. Candidate said her main job was being a psychic/medium and tried to read interviewer’s palm, despite interviewer’s attempts to decline the offer.
  4. When asked what her ideal job was, candidate said “painter of birdhouses.” (Company was hiring for a data entry clerk.)
  5. Candidate sang her responses to questions.
  6. Candidate put lotion on her feet during the interview.
  7. When asked why he wanted the position, candidate replied, “My wife wants me to get a job.”
  8. Candidate started feeling interviewer’s chest to find a heartbeat so they could “connect heart to heart.”
  9. Candidate had a pet bird in her shirt.
  10. Candidate took phone interview in the bathroom – and flushed.

(Shocked that “candidate posed for selfie with interviewer” did not make the list).

(P.S. – I’m sorry about the toilet. I won’t let it happen again. Or, I’ll hit mute).

As for the “Body Language Mistakes That Can Cost You the Job.”

Hiring managers participating in the CareerBuilder survey had this to say:

  1. Failing to make eye contact: 67 percent
  2. Failing to smile: 39 percent
  3. Playing with something on the table: 33 percent
  4. Having bad posture: 30 percent
  5. Fidgeting too much in their seats: 30 percent
  6. Crossing their arms over their chests: 29 percent
  7. Playing with their hair or touching their faces: 27 percent
  8. Having a weak handshake: 21 percent
  9. Using too many hand gestures: 11 percent
  10. Having a handshake that was too strong: 7 percent

And “Five Ways to Ruin a Job Interview”

  1. Candidate is caught lying about something: 69 percent
  2. Candidate answers a cell phone or text during the interview: 68 percent
  3. Candidate appears arrogant or entitled: 60 percent
  4. Candidate dresses inappropriately: 50 percent
  5. Candidate swears: 50 percent
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