HR Experts Confess: 8 Biggest Interview Mistakes We See

They meet more people in an afternoon than most of us do in a year. But what faux pas do human resources pros see again and again during the interview process?

We picked the brains of two high-profile executives to find out what you definitely shouldn't say—and what they secretly think of your résumé. (One was so brutally honest about her just-don't-do-this advice that she preferred to remain anonymous.)

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  • QZK199

    A handshake tells you whether someone is an introvert or an extrovert??? That’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard…

    • rtqp

      It is a bit of a used car salesman tack, innit? It’s not introvert/extrovert so much as submissive/dominant.

      This article lacks context, really. When you’re hiring, you’re looking for a piece that fits into the larger puzzle. An extrovert is not automatically the best candidate for every position…. we must forgive HR sorts for preferring to hire people like themselves; it’s only human. That’s why you interview with managers and co-workers too, once HR determines you’re not insane.

      I also take issue with this quote from Michaels: “I like people who are authentic, and you know it’s who they are,” she says. “I’m just attracted to that.”

      How do you tell a genuine person from someone very adept at conning people? I believe they call this “gambler’s memory,” in which people only remember the good calls they made; let the bad ones fall into the background. People develop inflated opinions of their ability to judge candidates, and wind up mouthing off to internet sites.

  • Juliana Karasawa Souza

    More important than having a good handshake is being polite to people at the hall, in the elevator, the receptionist. I wouldn’t hire a person who was rude to the receptionist.

  • Laura Allen

    I wish we’d just get rid of the hand shake altogether and just be as authentic.polite and friendly as I am in real life. But having worked with the public so long I dont want to get sick and I cant tell you how many times I have shook someones hand to find out they had some contagious illness. There have been people on my flights that have walked off from some 3rd world country and died from tuberculosis, hepatitis or adult chicken pox. The latest news scare about a passenger having tuberculosis on a plane in nothing new. Its not reported just about all of the time. If you ever watch Dr G medical examiner a man walked off of hie flight at only 33 and died of tuberculosis and complications from aids. I know these aren’t passed by a handshake but Ive had people come on the plane with lice, chicken pox,and measles. The plane going from USA to Canada had to be turned around when a women with her 3 kids told me they had the measles & lice. Its against the law you cant enter Canada and knowingly have a contagious disease. What was no big deal to her made the whole plane turn around and several of the crew got ill. I dont know where peoples hands have been. How about its been nice to have met you, thanks for your time & thats IT.