Employers Reveal the Outrageous and Common Mistakes Candidates Made in Job Interviews, According to New CareerRookie Survey

Career Expert Offers Tips on How to Stand Out for the Right Reasons

CHICAGO, February 24, 2010 - With competition hot for open positions, the pressure is on for job seekers to have flawless interview skills. Sometimes that pressure can cause candidates to make unusual, and sometimes unfavorable, interview mistakes. A new survey of more than 2,700 hiring managers reveals the outrageous and common mistakes that some candidates have made in job interviews.

In addition to the most unusual gaffes, employers shared the most common mistakes candidates made during an interview:

“With heightened competition for open positions in today’s economy, it’s important for candidates to put their best foot forward in an interview," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "You want to stand out for the right reasons. Even though the job search process can be frustrating, candidates should stay positive, focus on their strengths and be prepared on how to best sell their skill set.”

Haefner offers the following tips for successful interviews in a challenging job market:

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of among 2,720 hiring managers (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 5 and November 23, 2009 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset of U.S. employees, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 2,720 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.88 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

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