How to avoid making mistakes at interviews

WHATEVER INTERVIEW MISTAKES  YOU’VE MADE  pales in comparison to the embarrassing experiences of the poor job candidates who you are about to meet.

A job hunter in England used the disabled toiled in company’s bathroom before the interview and pulled the string thinking it was to flush the toilet rather than an alarm. “Every employee arrived to help me,” the candidate told the Daily Mail Online. “It was the worst day of my life.”

Other interview mistakes made by job candidates include the person who interviewed for a job in a museum. He picked up an artifact that was given him to examine. That proved to be a big interview mistake. The candidate picked it up without noticing the pair of cotton gloves on the table that he should have put on first.

And the job finder who was mortified after bumping into her current boss while having lunch with an interviewer from the competition.

Then there was the job candidate who was stunned to see that interviewer was someone he had fired in another position.

Needless to say, none of the above candidates got job offers—except for a job candidate whose interviewer  suffered a heart attack during the interview. The job candidate successfully applied CPR until the ambulance arrived.

While there might not have been anything the toiled-flusher could have done to have prevented his embarrassing experience, the museum candidate  might have prevented his interviewing mistake had he requested a job description before the interview. Then he would have known that knowledge of proper handling of artifacts would have been one of the requirements for the job.

How about the person who bumped into her boss while lunching with a competitor? She could have handled the situation by saying hello and introducing her boss to her lunch date then quickly indicating she needed to get back to her conversation by saying, “Nice seeing you! Enjoy your lunch here.” People will understand that you’re in the middle of a conversation and need to return to it.

Another way to handle a boss or coworker who interrupts your conversation with a competitor is to be specific about the relationship when you make introductions: “Philip, this is my boss Irene. Your interviewer—Philip— will understand the situation and be discreet. Again, your goal is to quickly get back to your conversation..

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RANDY PLACE is a career strategist and author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach, the perfect companion for both job hunters and careerists.

Copyright ©2017 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

Randy Place
RANDY PLACE is a job finding coach, author, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For 23 years, he helped over a thousand downsized employees at JPMorganChase find jobs. He also coached executives at CBS, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding, communications skills, and sales strategies An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on job finding and sales training nationwide. His nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations in the US. Randy is the author of “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach” and writes about career topics on His articles about job finding have appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly. A former sales executive at NBC, broadcast journalist, and commercials spokesperson, Randy holds a Bachelor’s in Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master’s in Journalism from NYU.

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