7 Social Slip-Ups that Spell Disaster in a Job Interview

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Arriving Late

Walking in late — even when you have a legitimate excuse — will test your interviewer's patience. Even worse is showing up late and unprepared. Unless you can make up for your tardiness by outshining the other candidates with your exceptional poise, relevant observations and insightful questions, expect to be scratched off the list.

Surviving the initial cut in a job applicant pool to land an interview is a good step on your way to that sought-after job offer. You can gain confidence knowing that your professional credentials passed the HR department's scrutiny. In the interview, the hiring manager will ask for more details about your qualifications. Still, the ultimate decision will have less to do with how well you fit the job description, and more to do with the social skills you display in the interview.

2015 study from The Creative Group found that most social blunders during interviews result from thoughtlessness or poor interpersonal skills -- and those blunders often become deal breakers. Interviewees who can't make conversation, who talk incessantly or who continually check their phones leave a bad impression that not even an impeccable resume or glowing reference can offset.

In this slideshow, Vicky Oliver, a leading career development expert, has identified five social slip-ups that could act as a red flag for hiring managers.

Vicky Oliver is a leading career development expert and the multi-best-selling author of five books, including "301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions"  (Sourcebooks, 2005) and "301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions" (Skyhorse, 2010). She is a sought-after speaker and seminar presenter and a popular media source, having made over 700 appearances in broadcast, print and online outlets. For more information, visit vickyoliver.com.

 

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