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These are the biggest mistakes recruiters see during job interviews

Showing up to a job interview can be daunting. Even if you bring your A game, you may not get the position. What’s worse, of course, is making preventable mistakes.

So, a good first step is to know what recruiters themselves will tell you are the biggest mistakes they see. Survey results have found that certain things you do — or don’t do — could be working against you.

Zogby Anaytics surveyed 831 U.S. recruiters for Jobvite. Of all the points in the research, here are a few that stood out.

This is how to miss out on job opportunity, recruiters say

Jobvite’s 2017 Recruiter Nation Report found that for 86% of recruiters surveyed, having a bad attitude toward the receptionist or other support staff would immediately disqualify a candidate during an interview.

Also, whatever you do, keep your hands off you phone: 71% of recruiters said they’d “disqualify” an applicant for checking one at the time of an interview, 58% said they would do so because of tardiness, 38% said toting food along was a killer. Five percent said excessive makeup hurt a candidate’s chances, versus 1% who said a lack of makeup was a problem.

The crazy things recruiters say they’ve seen

The Jobvite report found that 75% of recruiters have seen an applicant show up to an interview underdressed, 54% had an applicant “who didn’t know what company they were interviewing for,” 27% have seen an applicant in tears at the interview, 25% witnessed a candidate’s racist ideas, and 24% said they’ve had a candidate who seems to be drunk during an interview.

What recruiters say is most important to get right

The report shows that 92% of recruiters say past job experience is a hiring factor, 83% said “culture fit,” and 51% said “employee referral.”

“Conversational skills are by far the most important factors (92%) determining whether a candidate is a ‘cultural fit’. But enthusiasm and appearance / personal style — both judgment calls — aren’t far behind,” the research says.

Bias in recruiting

There are ways recruiters can potentially cut down on bias and find talent they might not have found otherwise, but that doesn’t mean the problem has been solved.

Over half of recruiters — 57%— think that “implicit bias” is a real issue facing American employees. But only 13% chose “increasing diversity at my company” within their top three goals over the course of the next year.

Fifty-one percent of recruiters say they haven’t developed concrete targets for “gender diversity in hiring,” and the same number say they don’t have targets in terms of racial diversity either.

Jane Burnett

Jane Burnett is a reporter for Ladders. She is based in New York City and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.