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10 Real-Life Interview Mistakes
By Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources,

Hiring managers don't want to hear a lot of things during an interview – confessions of aviolent past, a cell phone ring, a toilet flush. Yet job seekers have committed these interview gaffes and worse, according to's annual survey of the worst interview mistakes.Odd behavior isn't the only way to ruin your chances of landing a job. When hiring managers were asked to name the most common and damaging interview mistakes a candidate can make, 51 percent listeddressing inappropriately. Forty-nine percent cited badmouthing a former boss as the worst offense, while 48 percent said appearing disinterested. Arrogance (44 percent), insufficient answers (30 percent)and not asking good questions (29 percent) were also top answers.

Here are 10 real-life mistakes that illustrate what not to do when you sit down for your next interview:

1. Candidate answeredcell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation. 

2. Applicant told the interviewer he wouldn't be able to stay with the job long because hethought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died – and his uncle wasn't "looking too good."

3. The job seeker asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview. 

4. The applicantsmelled his armpits on the way to the interview room. 

5. Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was "classified."

6. Candidatetold the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss. 

7. When the applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn't want to line his stomach with grease beforegoing out drinking.

8. An applicant said she was a "people person" not a "numbers person" – in her interview for an accounting position.

9. During a phone interview the candidate flushed the...
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