(Believe it or Not, Some People Do) Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, releasedsurvey findings that reveal the worst things an applicant can do in an interview.
The top six interview mistakes include:
1. Lying about experience
2. Arriving late
3. Answering a phone call
4. Drinking (alcohol)
5. Acting arrogant
6. Badmouthing boss or co-worker
The findings come from the 2014 edition of the America Employed survey of 115 Express franchises across the nation. This is the second year Express has released findings from its “America Employed” survey. Respondents were asked to name the “top five worst things an applicant can do during an interview.” Full results for both 2014 and 2013 are below.
The strong performance resulted in Staffing Industry Analysts naming Express as the fastest growing major staffing company, and ranking Express No. 1 in industrial staffing with 14 percent growth year to date in 2014. Other areas of growth for Express were in administrative staffing at 25 percent and professional staffing at 19 percent.
“It takes a great deal of effort to secure an interview for most jobs, so it baffles me that anyone would throw away that opportunity with silly mistakes such as lying or arriving late. But believe it or not, these things happen,” said Connie Druliner, Owner of the Bend, Oregon Express franchise. “You won’t get a mulligan in an interview, so do your best to get it right the first time.Here’s my advice: Don’t even think about answering your phone, texting on your phone, or even looking at your phone. In fact, turn your phone off before entering the building. If an employer sees you can’t take an interview seriously, I promise he or she won’t trust that you can take the job seriously.”
What are the worst things an applicant can do during an interview?
Lie about experience 62% 65%
Arrive late 60% 59%
Answer a phone call 58% 61%
Drink (alcohol) 46% 12%
Act arrogant 40% 39%
Badmouth boss or co-worker 40% 51%
Check phone 31% 32%
Use poor language or slang 25% 28%
Smoke 24% 24%
Text a message 23% 29%
Bring a friend or relative 21% 21%
Dress wrong 12% 13%
Bad eye contact 11% 13%
Chew gum 9% 9%
Bad posture 6% 6%
Not know strengths 5% 7%
Not do homework/research 4% 9%
Handshake failure 4% 2%
Not ask enough questions 3% 5%
Tell an elaborate story 3% 1%
Act nervous 2% 1%
Not know weaknesses 2% 2%
The Bend Express Employment Professionals franchise began operation in 1983, locally owned and operated by Connie Worrell Druliner, and serves the Central Oregon areas with temporary help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields, including professional, engineering, manufacturing, accounting,health care, administrative, commercial, data processing, technical, sales, marketing, industrial, and more.
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated more than $2.5 billion in sales and employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013, and ranks as the largest franchised staffing company and second largest privately held staffing company in the United States. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.
The Bend office, located at 400 SW Bluff Drive, Suite 200, is currently accepting applications.