10 ways to lose a job before you get it

Answer your phone while on the interview
Answer your phone while on the interview © maradonna 8888/

Etiquette consultant Clise once worked at a credit union, where a branch manager interviewed a young man with bad interview manners.

"He answered his phone not once, not twice, but three times during the interview," she says. "Each time he said it was important. Obviously getting a job wasn't as important as his phone calls."

He didn't get the job.

On an interview, silence your phone and put it away so you're not tempted by the buzz. If you forget to do so and it rings, apologize and quickly turn it off. The same goes for any type of distraction, Clise says.


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