Most unusual interview behaviors and mistakes

Actions often speak louder than words in a job interview.

More than half, or 65 percent, of job applicants fail to make eye contact during an interview, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder. Other common mistakes include failing to smile, playing with something on the table and having bad posture. Twenty-two percent of applicants have a weak handshake, while 7 percent have a handshake that’s too strong.

In addition to finding common mistakes, CareerBuilder asked employers about some of the weirdest behaviors they’ve come across. The top 10 responses are above.

“Acing the job interview isn’t just about what you say in response to the interviewer’s questions,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder, said in a statement. “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.”

Applicants don’t have long to make an impression: 49 percent of employers making their decisions about an employee within the first five minutes, according to CareerBuilder. Haefner recommends applicants make an effort to practice being interviewed, make video recordings of the practice, have an “elevator pitch” ready, research the company beforehand and remember to breathe.

The survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,192 hiring and human resource managers between Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, 2014.

Julie Balise