Body language is just as important as your skills, and it’s crucial to make a good impression on your recruiter or hiring manager in the interview. Recently, Careerbuilder conducted a survey of over 2,100 hiring and human resource managers to find the most unbelievable interview stories and to discover what body language mistakes candidates make in the interview process.
According to the study, some candidates make a first impression that recruiters will never forget.
For example, a candidate who “brought about 50 ink pens to the interview and proceeded to spread them out on the table.” Or another candidate who was fidgeting with a duffel bag, only for it to be revealed that he had a dog inside the bag. And you will probably never overshadow the one candidate who inquired about everyone’s salary or the one who attempted to Google the answer to an interview question in the middle of the interview.
Interview horror stories aside, there are more subtle mistakes that anyone can make in the interview process. Here are the biggest body language mistakes respondents said that candidates made during their interviews.