January 15, 2015– At the commencement of each new year, Harris Poll, on behalf of CareerBuilder, conducts a nationwide survey of employers to uncover employment trends and interview patterns that may be used to guide prospective job seekers in their quest for new employment. A look at 2014’s results revealed some interesting feedback on the body language of candidates seeking employment. In ranking non-verbal cues identified by Human Resource managers, in finding the most professional candidates, CareerBuilder ranked the Top 10 Body language mistakes candidates made in interviews over the course of the past year:
- Failing to make eye contact
- Failing to smile
- Playing with something on the table
- Having bad posture
- Fidgeting too much in their seat
- Crossing their arms over their chest
- Playing with their hair or touching their face
- Having a weak handshake
- Using too many hand gestures
- Having a handshake that is too strong
The Human Resource managers surveyed also provided an interesting and humorous look at some of the outlandish behavior of candidates seeking employment. These included:
- Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a “private” conversation.
- Candidate told the interviewer he wouldn’t be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died – and his uncle “wasn’t looking too good.”
- Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.
- Candidate smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.
- Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was “classified.”
- Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss.
- When applicant was offered food before the interview he declined, saying that he didn’t want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.
- A candidate for an accounting position said she was a “people person,” not a “numbers person.”
- Candidate flushed the toilet while talking to the interviewer during a phone interview.
- Candidate took out a hair brush and brushed her hair mid-interview.
By reviewing the actual feedback and comments of current employers job seekers can better understand the expectations of employers in the marketplace and better prepare themselves for interviews in a very competitive job market.