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Acing an interview is an important step in landing a job, but it's no easy feat, and your time to show yourself off is limited. According to a new CareerBuilder survey conducted by The Harris Poll, around half of employers (49 percent) know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good or bad fit for a position, and only 8 percent make up their mind within a half hour or longer. This survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll from November 28 to December 20, 2017 and included a representative sample of 1,014 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes (of which, 888 are in the U.S. private sector). "There's a lot riding on an interview — you have to make a great first impression, have knowledge of your target company and its product, and know exactly how to convey that you're the perfect fit for the job," said  Rosemary Haefner , chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "The best thing you can do for yourself is to prepare and practice everything from your body language to answers to standard interview questions. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so going in well-prepared is key." The Most Unusual Things People Have Done in Job Interviews When you're not prepared, crazy things can happen. When asked to share the most unusual things job candidates have done during the interview process, employers and hiring managers recalled the following: Candidate did not have the skills to do the job and stated, "Fake it until you make it" as his personal philosophy. Candidate asked interviewer if she was qualified to be doing her job. Candidate asked for a cocktail. Candidate asked to taste the interviewer's coffee. Candidate called a government job "something government-y." Candidate came to interview wearing slippers. Candidate wore a  Darth Vader  outfit to the interview. Candidate spent a lot of time quoting  Dwight D. Eisenhower , which had nothing to do with the position he was interviewing for. Candidate leaned far forward with his head down during the first five minutes of the interview. Candidate offered interviewer pumpkins and said they transfer good energy. Candidate pulled out a bag of drugs with his keys. Candidate broke out in song in the middle of the interview. 10 Mistakes That Will Instantly Destroy Your Chances Even if you are the best candidate for the job, you can see a potential offer go up in smoke by making avoidable mistakes. Here are 10 instant deal breakers, according to employers:  Candidate is caught lying about something: 71 percent Candidate answers a cell phone or texts during the interview: 67 percent Candidate appears arrogant or entitled: 59 percent Candidate appears to have a lack of accountability: 52 percent Candidate swears: 51 percent Candidate dresses inappropriately: 50 percent Candidate talks negatively about current or previous employers: 48 percent Candidate knows nothing about the job or company: 45 percent Candidate has unprofessional body language: 43 percent Candidate knows nothing about the industry or competitors: 35 percent The Importance of Body Language  Sometimes your body language communicates more to another person than what you say or the tone of your voice. When asked to identify the biggest body language mistakes job seekers make during an interview, hiring managers named the following: Failure to make eye contact: 68 percent Failure to smile: 38 percent Playing with something on the table: 36 percent Fidgeting too much in his/her seat: 32 percent Bad posture: 31 percent Crossing their arms over their chest: 31 percent Playing with hair or touching one's face: 26 percent Handshake that is too weak: 22 percent Using too many hand gestures: 13 percent Handshake is too strong: 8 percent Research Method This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by The Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 1,014 hiring and human resource managers ages 18 and over (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government), including 888 in the private sector  between November 28 and December 20, 2017 . Figures for company size and job level were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. About CareerBuilder® CareerBuilder is a global, end-to-end human capital solutions company focused on helping employers find, hire and manage great talent. Combining advertising, software and services, CareerBuilder leads the industry in recruiting solutions, employment screening and human capital management. CareerBuilder is majority-owned by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC and operates in  the United States ,  Canada ,  Europe  and  Asia . For more information, visit  www.careerbuilder.com .
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Job opportunities in 2018 should be abundant – with demand outpacing supply for certain positions, says a new CareerCast  report  on the toughest jobs to fill. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that we will need an additional 777,600 Personal Care Aides, 255,400 more Application Software Developers and 108,400 truck drivers by 2026. CareerCast.com's 2018  report  on the 10 toughest jobs to fill focuses on some of the positions most aggressively pursuing candidates, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts, trade and professional association data, graduation rates, and CareerCast.com's database of job listings. Factors driving demand vary, as do causes behind employers having difficulty filling positions. Not enough people with the skills to do the job, a lack of new graduates in the profession, and industry growth are among the reasons certain jobs are harder to fill than others. For example, Home Health Aide has a forecasted growth of 47% in the coming eight years. Employment of Personal Care Aides is anticipated to grow 39% over the same time frame. That translates to almost half-a-million and three-quarter-million new positions in each field, in less than a decade's time. "The low pay for these professions --  $22,600  and  $21,920 average annual salary, respectively – may play a big part in why there are so many unfilled jobs," says  Kyle Kensing , Online Content Editor, CareerCast. The Baby Boom generation drives the demand for these positions, as well as that of Financial Advisors. With more Boomers approaching retirement, demand for financial planning is expected to climb significantly. Ultimately, however, one sector will have the most openings and need for applicants in 2018. The staggering growth rates forecasted for these jobs tells the story for the healthcare industry as a whole, which is expected to continue booming. In fact, five of the 10 toughest jobs to fill in 2018 are in healthcare, and appear here because of the high demand. Nurse Practitioners, with a growth outlook of 31%, and Physical Therapists at 34%, are two of the most in-demand fields tracked in the Jobs Rated report. The American Physical Therapy Association has forecast shortages in the profession, and the solution may not be as simple as adding new Physical Therapists to the workforce, as it is retaining current workers. A similar challenge befell various trade professions during the recession. While Construction Laborer and Truck Driver possess two of the lower growth outlooks of the 10 toughest jobs to fill, the professions are in very high immediate demand as a result of employment and skills gaps. According to the American Trucking Associations, more than 70 percent of goods consumed in the U.S. are delivered by truck, and the industry  needs to hire  almost 900,000 more drivers to meet rising demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be hundreds of thousands of new job openings in the construction industry by 2024. Here's the list; Profession Annual Median  Salary Growth Outlook Employment Change  Through 2026 Application Software Developer $100,080 31% +255,400 Construction Laborer $33,430 12% +150,400 Financial Advisor $90,530 15% +40,400 Home Health Aide $22,600 47% +421,200 Information Security Analyst $92,600 28% +28,500 Medical Service Manager $96,540 20% +72,100 Nurse Practitioner $107,460 31% +64,200 Personal Care Aide $21,920 39% +777,600 Physical Therapist $85,400 28% +67,100 Truck Driver $41,340 6% +108,400 To read the full report, visit  http://careercast.com/jobs-rated/toughest-jobs-to-fill-2018 . To take the job stress survey, visit  CareerCast .
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