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Employers Share the Strangest Interview Mistakes they’ve Encountered


Interviews can be incredibly stressful for job seekers. Often when an interviewee makes a mistake, it’s merely this nervousness showing through. However, there are some job seekers whose behavior is so strange that it’s hard to chalk it up to nerves.

As part of CareerBuilder’s recent interview mistakes survey, employers shared the biggest mistakes or most unusual things job candidates have done during the interview process. Some of the highlights (or lowlights) include:

  • Candidate took a family photo off of interviewer’s desk and put it into her purse.
  • Candidate started screaming that the interview was taking too long.
  • 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.
  • When asked what his/her ideal job was, candidate said “painter of birdhouses.” (Company was hiring for a data entry clerk.)



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