Unusual Interview Mistakes and Body Language Mishaps

Careerbuilder's latest survey reveals some odd behavior by jobseekers.
By: | February 22, 2018 • 5 min read

If you’ve recently had a candidate-interview session that made you want to crawl under your desk, or even call the police, then take heart: CareerBuilder’s latest report on job-interview mishaps and unusual occurrences is here for you.

The survey, undertaken for CareerBuilder by the Harris Poll, queried 1,014 hiring managers and HR professionals from companies of all sizes and industries late last year. Here are some of the juicy nuggets it found:


The Most Unusual Things People Have Done in Interviews

Candidate did not have the skills to do the job and stated “Fake it until you make it” as his personal philosophy. (Give him points for being honest, at least.)

Candidate asked interviewer if she was qualified to be doing her job. (“Enough about me. What about you?”)

Candidate asked for a cocktail. (Perhaps he or she had just finished binge-watching Mad Men?)

Candidate asked to taste the interviewer’s coffee. (“Is it hazelnut? I MUST find out!”)

Candidate wore a Darth Vader outfit to the interview. (In that person’s defense, there are people who think Darth Vader was a very effective project manager.)

Candidate spent a lot of time quoting Dwight D. Eisenhower, which had noting to do with the position he was interviewing for. (Weird. But then again, Eisenhower was a highly capable leader who left behind a veritable treasure trove of management quotes.)