Reporting from Chicago — If you receive a cellphone call or text message during your job interview, don't answer it. Doing so ranks as job candidates' most common mistake in an interview, according to a survey of hiring managers.
Indeed, 71% of managers surveyed named it as the top blunder, according to a report released Wednesday by website CareerBuilder. Other common mistakes: dressing inappropriately and appearing uninterested, each cited by 69% of managers, followed closely by appearing arrogant at 66%.
Rounding out the list of what not to do is speaking negatively about a current or previous employer at 63%, chewing gum at 59%, not providing specific answers at 35% and not asking good questions at 32%.
"The good news is that the number of open jobs continues to improve month over month; however, competition will remain high for some time to come," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "Even though the job-search process can be frustrating, candidates should stay positive, focus on their strengths and be prepared on how to best sell their skill set."