From pulling out drugs, to dressing as Darth Vader, people do crazy things in job interviews.

Asking the hiring manager for a cocktail or wearing slippers to an interview won’t make for the best first impression.

People should know better but they don’t, says the annual Strangest Interview and Body Language list from CareerBuilder.

“There’s a lot riding on an interview — you have to make a great first impression, have knowledge of your target company and its product, and know exactly how to convey that you’re the perfect fit for the job,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “The best thing you can do for yourself is to prepare and practice everything from your body language to answers to standard interview questions. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so going in well-prepared is key.”

When people aren’t well prepared is when they act the strangest. Here’s a list of some of our favorites …

The top five strangest things someone did in an interview

  • Broke out in song
  • Asked the interviewer if they were qualified to do their job
  • Asked to drink the interviewer’s coffee
  • Called a government job “something government-y”
  • Offered the interviewer pumpkins and said they transfer good energy

Yikes, if you’re not as crazy as these people – maybe you’ll learn a lesson from the top 10 things that will ruin your interview.

10 mistakes that will destroy your chances of landing a job

Ranked by interviewers biggest pet peeves.

  • 71 percent: don’t like catching a candidate lying about something
  • 67 percent: can’t stand it when a candidate answers a phone call or texts during the interview
  • 59 percent: will pick up on an arrogant or entitled tone
  • 52 percent: don’t like when they tell the candidate lacks accountability
  • 51 percent: aren’t keen on curse words
  • 50 percent: would appreciate you dressing appropriately
  • 48 percent: don’t want to hear how bad your last job was
  • 45 percent: want you to actually know something about their company
  • 43 percent: will pick up on your unprofessional body language — not a good look
  • 35 percent: want to hear that you know a thing or two about the industry and their company’s competitors

Take note of the 43 percent who don’t like a candidate with bad body language.

Body language matters has previously reported that better body can land you a job, and Haefner agrees. 

“Acing the job interview isn’t just about what you say in response to the interviewer’s questions,” she says. “It’s also about what your body language says about you. Employers are looking for those non-verbal cues to indicate a candidate’s level of professionalism and if they will be the right fit for the position.”

Here are the 10 biggest non verbal cues hiring managers pay attention to in an interview, ranked by percentage.

  • 68 percent: Failure to make eye contact
  • 38 percent: Failure to smile
  • 36 percent: Playing with something on the table
  • 32 percent: Fidgeting too much in his/her seat
  • 31 percent: Bad posture
  • 31 percent: Crossing their arms over their chest
  • 26 percent: Playing with hair or touching one’s face
  • 22 percent: Handshake that is too weak
  • 13 percent: Using too many hand gestures
  • 8 percent: Handshake is too strong

At least 30 percent of job applicants display poor body language, says a study of 300 U.S. managers from staffing firm OfficeTeam. Do yourself a favor and don’t be another statistic.

And prepare for your interview, you don’t want to make CareerBuilder’s next Strangest Interview and Body Language list.

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