I currently manage a local restaurant and occasionally run into some of these problems when it comes to interviewing potential employees. It amazes me what people think is acceptable in the work place. Here are some of the most common no no’s in my experience.
1. Chewing Gum!
There are not many things more annoying than a person in an interview blowing bubbles and popping their gum. SPIT IT OUT!!
2. Bring your dog
Okay, yes we know you love your dog but it’s fine to leave the yapper at home and possibility secure a job in the process!
3. Use bad language
If you are not able to hold your tongue in an interview what makes the employer believe you will be able to in front of other employees or MOST importantly the customer.
4. Dress inappropriately
Let me tell you it never gets old getting surprised by peoples outfits in interviews but hopefully their choice of dress is as “dope” as being unemployed….
5. Don’t hit on the employer
I’ve never personally been in this type of situation but I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be awkward if the employer was offended. I’m just going to stick with my assumption that interviews are an inappropriate place for this behavior.
6. Too much information
You are here for a reason and so am I and knowing that I don’t want to know how you got screwed on your mothers will 10 years ago. Be there for a job interview!
7. Don’t bring kids
Yes, I agree your baby is the “cutest little thing in the world” but what I see is that your kid may pose a problem with your schedule at the place of work. The expression don’t bring your work home should be used the other way around as well.
8. Don’t show up hung-over
Come on you couldn’t hold it together the night before an interview? Let’s go ahead and be honest you’re fired before you got hired….
9. Don’t be late
I always thought the expression if you’re on time your late was widely known? I can just hear the employer now “you’re late again?”
10. Don’t talk about drugs or alcohol
If drugs or alcohol get brought up in any context during an interview my question is how did you get the interview in the first place?