Asking to Be Paid ‘Under the Table’ Among Job Interview Blunders


Posted on: January 10th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Making a good impression during a job interview will undoubtedly improve your chances of landing a position, while committing a blunder will probably result in a lost opportunity. 

Asking to be paid “under the table” seems to be a bizarre request, but that’s what one candidate actually did during a job interview.  That’s just one blunder uncovered by a recent CareerBuilder.com-commissioned survey of 2,600 hiring managers and 3,900 workers.

Here’s a rundown of some of the real-life interview blunders uncovered in the survey:

  • Candidate said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal.
  • Candidate denied that he had a cell phone with him even though it could be heard ringing in the briefcase beside him.
  • Candidate emptied the employer’s candy dish into her pocket.
  • Candidate said he didn’t like getting up early and didn’t like to read.
  • Candidate asked to be paid “under the table.”
  • Candidate reached over and placed a hand on the interviewer’s knee.
  • Candidate commented that he would do whatever it takes to get the job done, legal or not.
  • Candidate hugged the president of the company.
  • Candidate called his wife to see what they were having for dinner.
  • Candidate asked to postpone the start date so she could still get holiday gifts from vendors at her current job.
  • Candidate called in sick to her current employer during the interview, faking an illness.
  • Candidate said he didn’t want the job if he had to work a lot.
  • Candidate wouldn’t answer a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.

The survey also asked hiring managers to identify six fatal interview errors that job candidates make:

  • Appearing disinterested.
  • Answering a cell phone or texting.
  • Dressing inappropriately.
  • Talking negatively about a current or previous employer.
  • Poor body language: Failure to make eye contact or smile, bad posture and a weak handshake.
  • Not providing specific examples.

The CareerBuilder.com survey was conducted by Harris Interactive.

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