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Job seekers: Avoid these crazy interview mistakes

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One in four workers plan to change jobs this year, according to a survey by CareerBuilder. But the same survey shows potential employees are making outrageous mistakes.

When it comes to outrageous interview blunders, nothing surprises Mike Hayes of Momentum Specialized Staffing. He matches employers with employees.

He remembers one husband and wife team who started fighting when they came to his office to apply for jobs.

"And she picked up one of the clip boards, this was in my other office, and just broke it over the guy's head," recalls Hayes.

One job candidate came in with someone else's urine hidden in their pants, in case they had to pass a drug screening.

"They had a bag of urine and they sat with their keys in their pants and basically busted the bag."

While the outrageous can be the quickest way not to get a job, there are more common interview mistakes that can cost you the job too.

Appearing disinterested is the number one turnoff, according to 62 percent of employers in the CareerBuilder survey.

"You want to apply to a job you like, not where you're bored during the interview," says Hayes.

Answering a call or texting is a big no-no during an interview. Turn off your devices, or better yet, leave them at home.

Other mistakes are not making eye contact or smiling, having bad posture and a weak handshake. Hiring managers say body language speaks volumes.

"I personally always give a firm handshake and people are surprised."

Job seekers say you have to be on your toes.

"Those are big no-nos especially in this job market, you're going up against people who are way overqualified for the position," says Paul Beaton.

Hayes says giving out wrong phone numbers or having an inappropriate email address is also a no-no. And he says smelling bad or bad breath is also a quick way not to get a job.

See the list of interview blunders and fatal errors: thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2013/01/09/biggest-interview-blunders/

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