LONDON, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Dressing inappropriately is the most common interview mistake, according to a recent survey by office design company Maris Interiors. Three quarters of managers surveyed said that candidates 'frequently harmed their chances at interview' by poor dress, also citing lack of preparation and an arrogant attitude as common failures.
More surprisingly, 13% of managers said they had experienced an interviewee either answering a phone call or replying to a text message; and 5% said they had suspected a candidate of being drunk.
The survey also revealed a few more extreme mistakes made during interviews. One candidate showed off his scar, one repeatedly called the interviewer 'Mum', and another filed her fingernails throughout the interview. A manager recruiting for a Social Media Strategist was surprised when one candidate announced they were live-tweeting the interview. He didn't get the job.
Maris Interiors Chairman Michael Howard said, "I always advise interview candidates to prepare hard, and wear a dark suit, white shirt and plain tie. It had never really occurred to me to advise people not to send text messages or show their scars!"
NOTES FOR EDITOR
1. Maris Interiors LLP is the UK's leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company specialise in office design, office fit-out, office refurbishment and office relocation and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of workspace experts have extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good office design can substantially improve business performance, save substantial amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
2. 138 managers participated in the survey, conducted between 18th - 22nd April 2011.
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