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Worst job interview blunders

Thursday - 1/16/2014, 11:32am  ET

WASHINGTON -- In an increasingly competitive job market, nailing first interviews could mean the difference between eating Ramen for the rest of the month and paying off those pesky bills.

But when it comes to sitting in the hot seat, some applicants lose their cool. Career Builder surveyed 2,201 hiring managers throughout the country and compiled a list of the some of the most memorable interview mistakes. They include:

  • Applicant warned the interviewer that she "took too much valium" and didnšt think her interview was indicative of her personality

  • Applicant acted out a "Star Trek" role

  • Applicant acted like he was answering a phone call for an interview with a competitor

  • Applicant arrived in a jogging suit because he was going running after the interview

  • Applicant asked for a hug

  • Applicant attempted to secretly record the interview

  • Applicant called himself his own personal hero

  • Applicant popped out his teeth when discussing dental benefits

  • Applicant kept his iPod headphones on during the interview

  • Applicant set fire to the interviewer's newspaper while reading it when the interviewer said "impress me"

If you want to nail an interview, consider taking some of these tips:

  • Be super early for everything

  • Be amazingly over-prepared

  • Bring your upbeat attitude

  • Be concise and pause

  • Take phone interviews very seriously

Read more tips here.

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