January 16, 2014, 3:01 PM — Nearly half of today’s hiring managers say they know within the first 5 minutes whether a candidate is a good fit for the job. Push the clock out to 15 minutes and 87% say they have a yay or nay opinion, according to the latest CareerBuilder survey.
Your takeaway: Strive for a good impression immediately. Bonus upshot: Don’t do any of the following below.
As part of the survey, more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR pros shared the most unbelievable mistakes candidates have made in real-life interviews.
So no matter how terribly you think your last job interview went, remember that people - real people - actually did the following:
Warned the interviewer that she 'took too much valium' and didn’t think her interview was indicative of her personality.Hey, people get nervous during interviews.
Acted out a Star Trek role.If anything, this would help you in an interview in our opinion.
Answered a phone call for an interview with a competitor.Nothing wrong with being a hot property.
Arrived in a jogging suit because he was going running after the interview.Being health-conscious is a plus, at least he wasn't in racing tights.
Asked for a hug.Barney the Dinosaur is still looking for work.
Attempted to secretly record the interview.Demonstrating an expert grasp of today's technologies.
Brought personal photo albums.Everyone loves Disney trip photos. Everyone.
Called himself his own personal hero.Someone took the recruiter's "be self-confident" advice a bit too far.
Checked Facebook during the interview.Come on, you can't get enough of cat memes, either.
Crashed her car into the building.Obviously needs work to pay for new brake job.
Popped out his teeth when discussing dental benefits.Latest entrant in the company talent show.
Kept her iPod headphones on during the interview.The new Beyonce tracks are that good.
Set fire to the interviewer’s newspaper while reading it when the interviewer said 'impress me'.Their response: "Arrest him."
Applicant said that he questioned his daughter’s paternity.The recession is truly over if Maury is hiring.
Wanted to know the name and phone number of the receptionist because he really liked her. "And why do you think you should be the next Bachelor?"