Service of When We Think We’re Terrific But We’re Not: Inconceivable Job Interview Mistakes

November 18th, 2021

Categories: Human Resources, Interviews, Job Hunt

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I couldn’t believe the results of a survey that Steven Greenberg reported on WCBS News Radio 880. He’s the host of “Your Next Job.” Among other things on his LinkedIn profile he lists HR and Talent Acquisition Consultant.

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Most job candidates think that they do well on interviews he said in a recent radio news brief. Speak of delusional if you compare this impression with what employers had to say!

Greenberg covered highlights of a survey of employers:

  • 71 percent said applicants answered a cell phone call or texted during the interview. He advised this is inappropriate behavior even during a Zoom call. Really?
  • 70 percent said the candidate dressed too casually.
  • The majority said applicants appeared disinterested: They didn’t ask questions that showed they’d looked into the position or the business or organization.

These are such obvious, easily remedied issues none of which should have happened in the first place. They illustrate that the preponderance of job candidates in the survey were oblivious of others. I can’t offer another explanation. Can you? Have there been times you thought you aced something and you didn’t?

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8 Responses to “Service of When We Think We’re Terrific But We’re Not: Inconceivable Job Interview Mistakes”

  1. Anonymous Said:

    No but I can top the phone answering issue during an interview. One time I was interviewing a young woman for for a home health aide job and she polished her nails!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    You win! Gosh. No more to say!

  3. Hank Goldman Said:

    As I have said many times on your forum, and it’s certainly nothing new, progress brings a whole different culture to our world!

    Interviews aren’t what they were once upon a time…

    And sometimes they work out better than we thought! My son was contemplating, during one of his early interviews, just how much he should ask for a salary. He was offered initially so much higher than he originally anticipated… That all he could say as an answer was, and he called me about this, was “that will do just fine“!

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    WOW! I love a true story that comes out better than expected!!!!

    In the “bad old days,” [as many call them and for some they were], in my first job after college, I remember whispering in the phone to my mother several times in short order because I kept getting raises. Every time recruits were hired, if their salaries were higher than the employees already there they’d give us a cost of living increase. Then I was promoted–more money. The amount was a fraction of what salaries are today. But I never again experienced this wonderful situation.

    As for the new culture, those riveted to their phones and texts might do fine interrupting their peers and parents by responding to text pings and phone rings but often the person interviewing them isn’t as forgiving. Imagine if the proposed employee did this in a client meeting? The reality is the prospects didn’t get the jobs, even if they thought the interview went well, because the person interviewing them wasn’t impressed. Wonder if anyone will tell them?

  5. Martha T Takayama Said:

    The behavior you describe would normally have been mind-boggling, simply fodder for Saurday Night Live or impossible to believe only few years ago. The Trump era and the currently wacko Republican party and prevailing idiocy of about half of our population makes it seem perfectly, incredibly stupid and plausible. I really don’t have much more to say about our current social, intellectual and cultural norms. I do wonder how long it can last, but the end does not seem in sight!

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    A wonderful, generous, once successful, retired advertising man who was one of the people I gathered to mentor grad students had given his granddaughter an iPhone. She promised to never use it when they ate together and yet he couldn’t stop her and he didn’t take it away from her–which he should have. As great a mentor as he was for older students he couldn’t bring himself to correct his granddaughter. He didn’t realize the damage he had done her. She would be old enough now and may very well be one of the 71 percent of job applicants who took a call or texted during the interview–and didn’t get the job.

  7. lucrezia Said:

    No. Too many contingencies before patting oneself on the back. Best to show respect for the outfit in question, dress simply, but well — no slogans political or otherwise- thank the interviewer and remember to send a note of appreciation within the next couple of days. Any dunce answering a phone or texting during an interview, should firmly, but politely be shown to the door.

  8. Jeanne Byington Said:


    The scary thing to me is the 71 percent figure —so many think it’s OK to be rude.

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