Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals

August 06, 2014 12:16 ET

If You Want a Job, Don't Do These Things...

(Believe it or Not, Some People Do)

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 6, 2014) - Express Employment Professionals, the largest franchised staffing firm in North America, today released survey findings that reveal the worst things an applicant can do in an interview.

The top five interview mistakes include:

  1. Lying about experience
  2. Checking their phone
  3. Arriving late
  4. Answering a phone call
  5. Acting arrogant

The findings come from the 2014 edition of the "Canada Employed" survey of 22 Express franchises across Canada. Respondents were asked to name the "top five worst things an applicant can do during an interview". Full results are below.

"It takes a great deal of effort to secure an interview for most jobs, so it baffles me that anyone would throw away that opportunity by lying or arriving late. But believe it or not, these things happen," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. "You won't get a mulligan in an interview, so applicants must do their best to get it right the first time."

What are the worst things an applicant can do during an interview?
Lie about experience 79%
Check phone 63%
Arrive late 58%
Act arrogant 53%
Answer a phone call 53%
Drink (alcohol) 47%
Badmouth boss or co-worker 47%
Not do homework/research 16%
Smoke 16%
Bad eye contact 16%
Bring a friend or relative 16%
Text a message 5%
Dress inappropriately 5%
Use improper language or slang 5%
Chew gum 5%
Act nervous 5%
Not know weaknesses 5%

"My advice is: Don't even think about answering your phone, texting on your phone, or even looking at your phone. In fact, turn your phone off before entering the building. If an employer sees you can't take an interview seriously, I promise he or she won't trust that you can take the job seriously."

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Rita Mezzanotte at (416) 271-0667.

About Robert A. Funk

Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has 700 franchises in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than five million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

About Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated more than $2.5 billion in sales and employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013. Express ranks as the largest franchised staffing company in the United States and the second largest privately held staffing company in North America. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.

Express launched in Canada in July 1996, with a franchise in London, Ontario, and since then, has expanded and grown in Canada significantly. There are currently 35 Express franchises in Canada - six in British Columbia, six in Alberta, and 23 in Ontario.

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