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It’s like Christmas in March — that most wonderful time of the year in which CareerBuilder.com releases its annual list of job interview quirks and missteps committed by candidates in the preceding year.

The employment website polled 2,600 HR pros and hiring managers late last year and whittled the interview weirdness down to the following 10 “winners” in which a candidate:

Called his wife to ask her if the starting salary was enough before continuing the interview

Brought childhood toys to the interview

Said her hair was perfect when asked why she should become part of the team

Bragged about being in the local newspaper for alleged theft

Ate a pizza he brought with him

Ate crumbs off the table

Asked where the nearest bar was located

Invited interviewer to dinner afterward

Stated that if the interviewer wanted to get to heaven, she would hire him

Asked interviewer why her aura didn’t like her.

CareerBuilder also asked about candidate behavior that would prompt an instant “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” rejection. The top job interview deal-breakers:

Being caught lying: 66 percent

Answering a phone call: 64 percent

Appearing arrogant: 59 percent

Dressing inappropriately: 49 percent

Lacking accountability: 48 percent

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