Published On: Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015

No eye contact biggest mistake during job interview: Survey

New Delhi: What the are biggest interview mistakes to avoid? It’s a difficult question to answer. But there are a few mistakes you must avoid while appearing for an interview.

CareerBuilder Chief Human Resource Officer Rosemary HaefnerPhoto : Courtesy CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder Chief Human Resource Officer Rosemary Haefner
Photo : Courtesy CareerBuilder

Most of the employers within five minutes of an interview can figure out if a candidate is fit for the job and majority of them consider failing to make eye contact as the biggest body language mistake made by the applicant, says a survey.

According to the survey conducted by CareerBuilder India, about 56% employers come to know within first five minutes of an interview if a job candidate is a good fit for a position. And therefore this one of the top interview mistakes to avoid.

“By minute 15, 91% can make out if the candidate is eligible for the job,” the survey said.

About 70% employers felt that failing to make eye contact was the biggest mistake made by a job seeker during an interview followed by 56% who identified as having bad posture as a fault.

Other bad body language mistakes by candidates are, playing with something on the table (45%), failing to smile (44%), having a weak handshake (44%), fidgeting too much in their seat (35%), crossing their arms over their chest (35%).

Playing with their hair or touching their face (31%), using too many hand gestures (31%), having a handshake that is too strong (23%).

“Acing the job interview isn’t just about how you answer the interviewer’s questions,” CareerBuilder Chief Human Resource Officer Rosemary Haefner said.

“It’s also about what your body language says about you. Employers are looking for those non-verbal cues to indicate a candidate’s level of professionalism and if they will be the right fit for the position,” Haefner added.

The survey was conducted on more than 400 employers.

PTI

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