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Asking the hiring manager where the nearest bar is located won’t get you in.

Half of employers know within the first five minutes of a job interview if they will hire you, so make eye contact, try to smile, and don’t bring a pizza with you.

Common sense? Apparently not. These are all just a few tips from CareerBuilder’s annual list of Strangest Interview and Body Language Mistakes.

Our favorites…

  • Don’t step away from the interview to call and ask your significant other if the starting salary is enough.
  • When asked why you are a good hire, don’t answer because your hair is perfect.
  • Bragging about a crime you committed isn’t a good idea either. One potential hire bragged that they were in the local newspaper for stealing exercise equipment from an elderly woman’s home.
  • Don’t tell a hiring manager if they want to get to heaven, they should hire you.
  • Don’t ask your interviewer out on a date afterwards.
  • Leave your childhood toys at home. One candidate decided to bring his along on his job interview.
  • Body language is crucial during a job interview. You’re trying to impress an employer who is likely meeting you for the first time.

There are plenty of mundane things you can screw up, too. Fidgeting in your seat, crossing your arms, having too weak or even too strong of a hand shake are all mannerisms that can rub the interviewer the wrong way.

You can blow an interview and your chances at landing a job real quick by dressing inappropriately, acting arrogant or entitled, answering or texting on your phone.

And if you’re going to tell a white lie to look better, try not to get caught — that was most common answer hiring managers gave for not hiring a candidate.

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About the Author

Joe Pye

Joe Pye

Joe Pye is a certified debt management professional. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Florida Atlantic University’s student-run newspaper, the University Press. He was a finalist for the Mark of Excellence award by the Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 for feature writing and in-depth reporting. He now covers personal finance topics for uncovering trends that help readers deal with the financial world. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from Florida Atlantic University.

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