The woman was interviewing when her cell phone rang. Her husband was serving in the military overseas, so she answered the call. Because military spouses can go for long periods without hearing from their significant other, the woman jumped at the chance to talk. Although the interviewer was taken aback, the woman excused herself and spoke privately to her husband. Even though she now knew she would never get the job, the woman had a long discussion with her spouse [source: Job Interview 101].
In most cases, however, answering a cell phone, or even keeping the ringer on during a job interview, is a huge mistake. While interviewers are often interrupted by phone calls, interviewees should keep the phone turned off. Most people know days ahead of time that they are going to a job interview. While there is no easy way to deal with an unavoidable phone call, you need to arrange your life so no one is ringing you -- or texting you -- during an interview [source: Job Interview 101].