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SUNRISE: Most outrageous interview mistakes 2012

(WEAU) - Are you looking to land a new job to kick off the New Year?

Right now there are more than 400-job openings in Eau Claire County, but before you settle into a new gig you'll likely have to get through an interview.

The website Career Builder has released its annual survey on the most unusual things people do during an interview and some could come as a surprise.

According to Career Builder, 62% of employers said the most popular error in an interview is "appearing disinterested."

Some people find a ringing cellphone to be annoying, but Career Builder says it can annoy an employer even more when you answer it in the middle of an interview.

"You have to put the technology away you need to have your undivided attention and too many people get distracted by that," said Dan Lytle, Workforce Resource Coordinator.

Dan Lytle with the Eau Claire County Job Center says the key to a solid interview is to be prepared.

Yet, people like to ramble when they sit down and get the question, "tell me more about yourself."

"Sometimes we get very comfortable in situation talking about ourselves that a little bit too much information comes out,” said Lytle.

Meanwhile, Mike Powell from Bauman Associates says they've hired 6 new employees in Eau Claire this month because of tax season.

"The biggest thing is being just confident in what you say and just talk a matter of fact," said Powell, Firm Manager.

Powell says people have to relax and that they shouldn't over-sell themselves.

"You can tell when someone is being fake and when someone is being honest," said Powell.

But Career Builder says some people get too comfortable. One candidate emptied an employer's candy dish into her pocket during an interview. Even Lytle has heard of some weird mistakes.

"People sitting in the lobby because they're running a little bit late, using an electronic shaver and shaving their face,” said Lytle.

Meanwhile back in 2012, Career Builder had these reasons why people didn't get a job after an interview. A candidate asked for a ride home after the interview. A candidate for an accounting position said she was a "people person" and not a "numbers person."

There have even been instances of phone interviews in the bathroom.

"Making sure that you're in a really good safe environment that's away from distractions," said Lytle.

"Formulate your answers so they make sense and they're concise. You don't want to go on and on and on rambling off topic,” said Powell.

Other memorable interview moments included, one candidate not answering a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him. Another called in sick to her current employer during the interview, faking an illness.


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