Snagajob survey reveals the weirdest things employers have seen in an interview
Ask any HR professional about the craziest thing they've seen/heard in an interview, and I can guarantee you they have some stories for you. Some are funny; others are downright uncomfortable, and the others, well, we're not sure what to think!
In a recent Snagajob survey, we asked employers, "What is the weirdest thing you have seen in an interview?" We got nearly 200 responses and broke down the top five below.
Take these cues and avoid these common (and awkward) interview mistakes.
More than a quarter of respondents said the weirdest thing they saw in an interview revolved around the candidate's unusual dress.
Hiring managers say they've seen candidates arrive for an interview dressed in everything from swim attire and Batman costumes, to t-shirts with words like "psycho" on the front. How's that for a first impression?
Keep it classy. If you are unsure how to dress for a job interview, check out this video where we break it down for you.
Showed up unprepared
Job interviewing 101: Show up to the interview knowing a thing or two about the position you say you want to have. Guess that doesn't resonate with all job seekers, as number two on our list of the weirdest things employers say they've encountered in an interview is candidates showing up unprepared, not knowing anything about the open position and doing zero research on the company.
Preparing for a job interview is easy and will be sure to impress the employer. We’ve got you covered.
Left their manners at home
I don't know about you, but my mom always taught me to be the best version of myself in an interview. Turns out, lots of job candidates think an interview is the proper place to leave their manners at the door. Our survey found that interviewees showed up late, smacked their gum and even painted their nails during the interview.
This is unacceptable. Unless you’re applying to be a manicurist, never paint your nails in a job interview.
Take a look at these nonverbal interview mistakes that could cost you the job.
Brought family or pets
Last time I checked, when you're granted an interview, the hiring manager wants to talk to you ... not your family. Employers who took our survey said they've had candidates bring their spouse, parents, children and even their pets to the interview.
I totally understand that there are times you need to get rides to job interviews. But you should definitely have them pick you up when the interview is over…and not sit in to watch. That’s just awkward.
And I love animals, too, but unless the pet is a service dog, HR folks say leave Fido at home.
Shared too much
Maybe the nerves kick in, maybe the interviewee is filling awkward silence, or maybe he/she just feels really comfortable with the hiring manager. No matter what the case, it turns out many candidates share too much personal information in the interview. Our survey respondents said they've heard it all: candidates who were fired from their last job for stealing, that they were having an affair or trying to have children. Can we say awkward?
You should definitely avoid oversharing in a job interview. Here’s how it’s done.
While the rest of the "weirdest things you've seen in an interview" didn't crack the top five, there are some they're still pretty darn cringe-worthy [insert awkward laugh, discomfort, cover-your-eyes emoji].
- Showing up drunk
- Texting or answering calls
- Lying about past experience
While these circumstances can make for some very uncomfortable situations, if you're able to avoid these mistakes and stand out for the RIGHT reasons, there’s a good chance you’ll get hired.
What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you in a job interview? Let us know below!