How to fail your job interview

One in four job applicants fail at interviews because of their appearance on the day.

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One in four job applicants fail at interviews because of their appearance on the day.

Grooming mistakes, bad interview etiquette, inappropriate attire for a job interview and outrageous behaviour are some of the most common blunders, according to research by online recruiter Fish4jobs.

"The most common interview clangers are turning up late, slouching in the chair, dirty finger nails and limp, wet handshakes. These are all big turn-offs for employers," said Fish4jobs CEO Jonathan Turpin.

Some of the worst interview gaffs include the following:

  • The excited candidate who spat at his interviewer when answering a question

  • The woman who went to the toilet to check her appearance and walked into the interview room with toilet paper stuck to her shoes

  • The shy candidate who went to the pub for a bit of Dutch courage and failed to impress by turning up drunk for a bus driver interview

  • The man who got his pants stuck in a trouser zip, revealing his underwear throughout the interview
This was first published in September 2002

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