Even if you’re the most qualified candidate in the running, if you slip up or behave in an inappropriate manner during your job interview, it could cost you the job.

From turning up late, to not dressing the part, there are a number of common job interview blunders that candidates make time after time; but what’s the worst thing that a job seeker can do in an interview?

I asked the Undercover Recruiter community to find out what #UROpinion is on the matter and here’s what you had to say:


louiseLouise Parkes

Marketing Co-ordinator at SVC Group Ltd

“Admit to the hiring manager that they are not interested in the job – after they told the recruiter that they were!”



jasonJason Basile

Executive Recruiter at Recruiting Specialists

“Lack of preparation. To me, an interview is like a golf swing. It takes planning, finesse, and follow through.”


Recruitment Specialist at Quantum Management Services Ltd.

“Pull out their cell phone, apologize for doing so and still check it or turn it off at that point before saying, “where were we?” – Even having your cell phone vibrate in your pocket/purse is not okay during any kind of interview, let alone to actually pull it out and check it.”



mark2Mark Cunzolo

Teacher at South Park School District

“Not show confidence by having a poor handshake, bad eye contact, and a general inability to hold a conversation.”




hilaHila Turabaz

Corporate Recruiter at Spotzer Media Group

“Not researching the company they have an interview at.”



Senior Recruiter, Strategic Talent Sourcer at Discover

“I’ve had someone bring a lunchbox and snack during the interview.”


sunithaSunitha Narayanan

Career Coach at Promark Company

“Show disinterest and lack of preparation.”




jolieJolie Frechette

Executive Healthcare Recruiter

“Not exhibit true enthusiasm and interest in the opportunity. Ask questions, do your homework before the interview.”


manojManoj Kumar Anand

Director Merchandising at Indiana Sourcing Pvt Ltd.

“Criticising a  previous employer, role, boss or processes of the company.”


IT Staffing and Consulting Agency

“We think not being prepared is the biggest mistake. Meaning you need to do research on the company and preparing answers.”

calibreCalibre Search

Specialist Recruitment Consultancy

“Not researching the company before they come for the interview!”


bandwidthRecruiting Bandwidth

Recruiting strategy and talent management firm

“Come unprepared and not appropriately dressed.”



samanthaSamantha Angermeier

Technical Recruiter at HKA Enterprises

“I had a manager ask a candidate what the best thing about their current job is… They answered “when I get to go home and leave”.”

lyshaLysha Holmes

Managing Director at Qui Recruitment

“Lie about their experiences.”


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