People are not perfect. Some people are far less perfect than others. Some of those people like to bring their imperfections to the job interview. There are a lot of subtle and small ways you can ruin your job interview chances. There are also a lot of hilarious and terrible ways to ruin them. Below are some examples of the hilarious ways that people have tanked their job interviews.
Bad Interview Experiences
– Asking For Bus Money
Your employer isn’t there to make change. If you don’t have all of your bus money on hand from the beginning, chances are that preparation and foresight are not your strong point.
– Religious… Intolerance?
Religion plays no part in the workplace. Don’t ask the interviewer if the employer subscribes to “Christian values” and it’s probably not a good idea to say that you live for God first and your employer second, no matter how much it is true.
– Personal Information
There is a limit to how much the employer cares about your personal life. Don’t tell the employer about the time you peed yourself in the job interview, don’t start crying, don’t tell them how much you desperately need to find work to survive.
– Answering Your Cell Phone
Your cell phone shouldn’t ring. It should be off at all times. If it does ring, “Do you mind if I get this?” is absolutely not the right response.
– Telling Them About Your Real Self
When asked questions about yourself, your answers should only be about your professional history. That you are single and have 3 cats is not part of the job interview.
– Asking About Perks and Vacations
Employers don’t want to hire someone whose only goal is to not work. Wait until you are offered the job before you worry about benefits and luxuries.
– Being a Jerk
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from. No one wants jerks. If you’re going to act like a jerk at any point in your job interview, you’re probably not as good an employee as you think you are.
Additional Job Interview Mistakes
The Twitter account for @InterviewGoofs has a number of different examples of ways people screw job interviews. While you’re there, don’t forget to sign up with @InterviewTips for additional information on how to be successful in your job interview.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Job interviews are hard. Don’t make them any harder by ruining your chances from the beginning.