25 Ways To Ruin Your Chances During A Job Interview

DON’T play with your hair

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I’ve been Business Insider’s Managing Editor for almost two years now. Since we’re a fast-growing company, we’re constantly looking for new talent, from interns to site leads.Between career fairs and in-office interviews, I’ve interviewed hundreds of people.

Most come prepared, but many don’t.

Each one of these warnings comes from a real life experience I’ve had while interviewing someone for a position at Business Insider.

Don't come a half an hour early. It makes me feel pressure to finish what I'm doing. 5 minutes early is more than enough.

That doesn't mean you should be late, however. Sending an email 30 minutes after our scheduled interview to say that you haven't even left Long Island yet -- not the best idea.

Don't bring your own cup of Starbucks coffee to the interview. It's not professional, and it will make me jealous that I don't have one.

Don't touch your face or twirl your hair during the interview. It's disgusting and distracting.

Don't wait more than 24 hours after the interview to write a thank you note. It annoys me if I get it one week later. Be short and sweet, but specific.

If I ask you take a 10-minute writing test after we speak, take it. No matter what you have going on after, it's a huge red flag if you say you don't have time.

Don't talk about how successful your father is. I don't care, and it will make me think he's responsible for getting you all your past jobs and internships.

Don't arrive with wet hair. I'd rather you be five minutes late with dry hair.

Don't have disgusting breath. If I'm sitting across a conference room table from you and can smell it, that's a bad sign.

When I ask you what websites and publications you read, don't say The New York Times. Everyone reads the New York Times. Be creative.

Don't send me a cover letter email that's more than one paragraph long. I don't want to read about your childhood. Save the details for the interview.

If you're interviewing for an editorial job, don't tell me your lifelong goal is to be a designer or a golf announcer. Why would I hire you?

Don't ask if moving within the company is easy. That makes me think you're trying to get your foot in the door for another job, when what I care about is filling this position.

When I ask you if you're active on Twitter, don't tell me that you hate Twitter and see no value in it. Twitter is hugely valuable for websites like Business Insider.

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