10 things you shouldn’t do during an interview

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert PoliticsMay 1, 2013

With graduation just around the corner, a new crop of young Americans will begin the painstaking process of applying for that perfect first job. But having a stellar resume filled with leadership roles in campus organizations and internships isn’t enough to cut it in today’s weak economy – the interview is often the make-or-break factor for many employers.

Unfortunately, some college grads don’t know proper interview etiquette, and think it’s ok to do things like using your phone, cursing or dressing inappropriately during an interview.

Which is why we thought we’d put together a list of what not to do during an interview filled with actual interview faux pas (in no particular order):

1. Playing Angry Birds on your phone

Angry birds

Unless you’re an emergency or medical official on call, phones should always be turned off and placed out of sight.

2. Pulling a granola bar out of your bag and eating it

Granola bar

It’s only appropriate to eat or drink during an interview if it’s provided by the potential employer.

3. Calling your mom or dad for advice on questions

Asian woman on phone

Remember, you’re the one up for the gig – not your parents.

4. Showing up an hour late

Clocks, Time

At that point, it’s not even worth it to go – they’ve already crossed you off the list.

5. Chewing tobacco or bubble gum with your mouth open


It’s the only thing the employer will be able to remember about you – and that’s not a good thing!

6. Asking during an interview “So exactly what drugs do you test for?”


It’s a dead giveaway that you’re using.

7. Saying that you left your previous job because it was “too stressful”

Stressed job interview screen shot

A clear sign that you’re not a reliable employee.

8. Bringing Fido with you

yellow labrador dog

Hey, they want to interview you – not your pet!

9. Oversharing

People talking black and white

Potential employers don’t care about your new boyfriend or what bars you went to last weekend – they only care about whether or not you can handle the job.

10. Telling the interviewer you’re going to take their job eventually

Ambition poster

It’s good to have ambition, but it should be somewhat checked during an interview.


h/t CNBC


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