Trying to break into the job market is hard enough for new college grads, but hiring professionals say some odd interview behavior is getting in the way for many applicants.
The Human Resource Policy Association says the behavior of first-time job seekers have gone from bad to worse. Endless examples include interviewees answering phones or texting during interviews, even bringing pets and parents along with them.
"It comes down to: Are you thinking about the audience or are you thinking about you? In an interview, you've have to be thinking about the audience," said Anne Warfield, with Impressions Management.
Warfield coaches clients to avoid what should be obvious mistakes. She has endless examples of interviews gone bad.
"I had a client once who hired a young person and that person was in charge of sending out a new letter of a material they were putting out. The letter got sent out and the marketing manager called me up and said, 'Oh my lord,' recalled Warfield. "The person put a 'U' instead of 'you,' they put 'R' for 'are.' When they said to the person, 'You can't send a letter out like that,' they said, 'Well, that's what all my texts look like.'"
Warfield says another interviewee was asked what the biggest mistake they had made in their life was -- and responded by talking at length about losing his or her virginity.
"The person went on and on talking about that and never realized it was not appropriate," Warfield said.
The HRPA is made up of the largest 340 companies in the country, including Minnesota-based Schwan's and General Mills. The companies came together and created a free website called jobipedia.org with the goal of offering tips for those learning to interview -- and to prevent interviewees from wasting company time.
"They don't come with as much professionalism and seriousness as they should," Warfield said.
FOX 9 News spoke with several students at the University of Minnesota about their interview insecurities.
"It's just not knowing what to expect, because I've interviewed at a few different places and it's a totally different ball game every time," said Geoff Tomanio, a senior at the University of Minnesota.
FOX 9 intern Alli Rohlf participated in a mock interview and said the experience was educational for her.
"Sometimes, you are not really sure -- should I be doing this, or, what am I doing wrong? -- because it's hard for people to find their own flaws in what they're doing," she said.
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