Things to avoid in a job interview

There are 20 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Apr 20, 2009, titled Things to avoid in a job interview. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Millions of unemployed workers are job-hunting. And recruiters are noticing a hint of desperation and bitterness, which can really hurt your chances for landing a job.

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Ken

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Apr 26, 2009
I agree with this. I am unemployed. I made the mistake of bringing my wife with me because the interview was in a beautiful location and she wanted to sight see while I was gone. After we arrived early (4 hours) my wife asked me to call the company and see if they could move the interview up so we would'nt have to drive home too late. I did. Later I called and asked the potential employer if my interview went well and if she had any recommendations for improvement. She said, "you're qualified for the job, but you came too early after we told you not to, we said to complete an application 15 minutes before the interview and you came in 4 hours early and asked to complete it".

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#2 Apr 26, 2009
Having gas during an interview doesn't help either...

“Be Respectful”

Since: Jul 08

Grand Rapids

#3 Apr 26, 2009
I most certainly agree with doing your homework on the company and asking questions. Going in with a positive attitude and a smile on your face doesn't hurt, either.
steve

Holland, MI

#4 Apr 26, 2009
Ken wrote:
I agree with this. I am unemployed. I made the mistake of bringing my wife with me because the interview was in a beautiful location and she wanted to sight see while I was gone. After we arrived early (4 hours) my wife asked me to call the company and see if they could move the interview up so we would'nt have to drive home too late. I did. Later I called and asked the potential employer if my interview went well and if she had any recommendations for improvement. She said, "you're qualified for the job, but you came too early after we told you not to, we said to complete an application 15 minutes before the interview and you came in 4 hours early and asked to complete it".
All the more reason not to listen to your wife. You got hosed because of her.

“Where I came from”

Since: Jan 09

the universe

#5 Apr 26, 2009
The job I have right now I have been working at for about two and half years. After working for Steelcase for over 28 years before that it had been a long time since I had had a job interview. It was just a part time job minimum wage but it was something I wanted to do. I went in with a positive attitude and confidence in knowing that I could do the job I was polite and of course I shaved had a haircut and wore decent clothes. Since then I have had four raises been given other responsibilities and feel very comfortable. I have almost zero supervision and just take care of business. Its all about attitude if you ask me.

Its also a good idea once you get the job to be on time and don't call in sick, its been two and half years and have not been late or missed a scheduled work day.
pjdutchville

Saint Joseph, MI

#6 Apr 26, 2009
Good morning fellow job seekers, Brian "Leave no stones unturned" Sterling here with my hard-hitting, in-depth report on today's job market. Since I'm being squeezed out of my job as soon as we remove Topix, I have been "pro-active" (My first job seeking "buzz-word"), in seeking future employment. I figure, if a 440 lb. woman can become a stripper, I shouldn't have any problem landing on my feet.

As a public service, I am here, along with our very own John Garbanzo, to help YOU find employment, since our President has probably cost you your job. Here are a few tips on what to avoid, in order to help you land that job.

1). Don't address the secretary as "Hey sweet cheeks, where's the boss? I'm supposed to meet him at 10."

2). After reading the job description, and listening to your future employer go over the details, don't say, "Christ! It's no wonder you guys need help!"

3). Never say "Where do I get fitted for my backpack? I want to get the feel of what that "golden parachute" is gonna feel like in a few years."

4). Don't claim "I'm a "people person" (buzz word #2). What you're really saying is, "I'm a Nancy-boy, and I love to be pushed around." Your future lies in making the coffee.

5). Tour the facility where you may be working in the future. But at the end of the tour, don't say "Pffffft! That's ALL you want me to do?"

6). Never ask "So where do you guys go for lunch, and who's the "big guy" that holds the record for the most martinis consumed in an hour? I KNOW I can beat his a s s !"

7). Don't take the interviewer aside and ask "Hey, you and that secretary...you two ever....well, you know....she's got a GREAT rack!" Especially when the secretary is his daughter.

8). If you are asked "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Never reply "Walking your a s s out to your car on your last day."

9). Don't ask if there is a liquor cabinet on every floor.

10). It's not good to mention "My last employer was paying me $80/hr with fringes, and I'm hoping you can top that."

11). Don't bring up the fact that the girl you saw your prospective employer with at the B.O.B. on Friday night, didn't look anything like his "wife" in the picture on his desk.

12). Don't ask if an "embezzlement" conviction will be held against you, if the company claims to be an "equal opportunity employer."

13). Be sincere. Don't tell the interviewer that you are impressed with what the company does, and then excuse yourself to the executive washroom, and puke on their floor."

14). Never ask if the company has that one employee that just LOVES talking about the weather!(Believe me, I know ALL about THAT one!)

15). Finally, never say, "After one of your little "team-building" sessions, do all of us guys get to shower together? Because I am ALL OVER that!"

Friends, just these few simple tips can help you land that big, cushy, take-it-easy-for-the-rest-of-y our-life jobs that we all crave. And if the company is receiving massive amounts of "stimulus money", volunteer to be their "overseer", and I'll meet ya at the track!

For now, Brian "Chew can do eeet" Stir Fry. Good luck all!

“Where I came from”

Since: Jan 09

the universe

#7 Apr 26, 2009
Gail in Wyoming wrote:
I most certainly agree with doing your homework on the company and asking questions. Going in with a positive attitude and a smile on your face doesn't hurt, either.
The job I have right now before I went in for my interview I was on their website getting some history and background on the company and I believed it helped me get the job.

Since: Apr 09

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Apr 26, 2009
Hurley35 wrote:
Having gas during an interview doesn't help either...
Or acohol on your breath. actually the 2 kinda go together.
GR Paul

West Bloomfield, MI

#9 Apr 26, 2009
Shoeless Eluder wrote:
Its also a good idea once you get the job to be on time and don't call in sick, its been two and half years and have not been late or missed a scheduled work day.
This is a very good attitude to have, and sadly is lacking with many young workers.

I've worked at my job for 10 years, and it took me years before I took a vacation. In fact they asked for me to do so because I had months of vacation time saved and thought I really should take a break!

I also will rarely take a sick day. My definition of sick is much higher than some of my younger co-workers that will call in every month because they have the sniffles or because they want to use the sick day to just have a day off. I've come in with some pounding headaches and managed to do ok.

“Cautiously optimistic”

Since: Jan 09

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#10 Apr 26, 2009
I do not care how qualified you are and how well dressed you come in for an interview...if I have to see that stupid tongue ring clacking around in your mouth...the interview is over.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#11 Apr 26, 2009
Kaylee Povenz wrote:
I do not care how qualified you are and how well dressed you come in for an interview...if I have to see that stupid tongue ring clacking around in your mouth...the interview is over.
LMAO, or the eye-brow ring, or the tats on your arms or worse yet the big 'ole bu.t.t hat/tramp stamp on your back...
Becky

United States

#12 Apr 26, 2009
Avoid being over 49 years old.

A dead give away - is you have worked for 1 employer for 30 years.

Since: Oct 08

Jackson, MI

#13 Apr 26, 2009
Becky wrote:
Avoid being over 49 years old.
A dead give away - is you have worked for 1 employer for 30 years.
Heyyyy .. I had 33 years at my last employer and 9.5 at the one prior to that ... guess no sense in me looking for anything other than "Welcome to WalMart" or "Thanks for shopping Meijer's", huh ??
Becky

United States

#14 Apr 26, 2009
Over 50 wrote:
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Heyyyy .. I had 33 years at my last employer and 9.5 at the one prior to that ... guess no sense in me looking for anything other than "Welcome to WalMart" or "Thanks for shopping Meijer's", huh ??
I'm sorry, my dry sense of humor - can come off as rude.

I am referring to my husband. He can't even get an interview. He has been off work since Dec/08.
bunnee

Waldo, WI

#15 Apr 26, 2009
Navy Seal wrote:
<quoted text>Or acohol on your breath. actually the 2 kinda go together.
I'm assuming that showing your medical marijuana card wouldn't score one any "brownie points" either!?
LOL

“Why so serious?”

Since: Aug 08

Taylor, MI

#16 Apr 26, 2009
Try to avoid growing facial hair of any kind, especially if you're a woman.

Since: Mar 09

Grandville, MI

#17 Apr 26, 2009
Becky wrote:
Avoid being over 49 years old.
A dead give away - is you have worked for 1 employer for 30 years.
I wish I could avoid being 49, any tipp's?

“Be Respectful”

Since: Jul 08

Grand Rapids

#18 Apr 26, 2009
Shoeless Eluder wrote:
<quoted text>The job I have right now before I went in for my interview I was on their website getting some history and background on the company and I believed it helped me get the job.
You also mentioned your positive attitude. It sounds like you are doing well in your new job. Keep it up and congrats to you!
Sandy

Knoxville, TN

#19 Apr 26, 2009
Becky wrote:
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I'm sorry, my dry sense of humor - can come off as rude.
I am referring to my husband. He can't even get an interview. He has been off work since Dec/08.
I feel his pain, Becky. I am working thru a temp agency right now, but any interview I go on, I get the "your qualifications are awesome" letter and they hire someone else. I really do believe that it has to do with my age.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#20 Apr 26, 2009
Gville Jim wrote:
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I wish I could avoid being 49, any tipp's?
You could go for the liposuction, botox, Just for Men, Viagra route....

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