10 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview: By Angel Ojukwu
Actually, I have had the privilege to work for different companies (multinational and non-multinational). And I can tell you that if I had gone for 10 interviews I had been successful in 8, and this is not an exaggeration. Trust me there are things you should definitely say in an interview and things you should never mention.
Have you ever walked out of an interview under a dark cloud, feeling sure you weren’t going to get the job (and you didn’t)? Maybe it was something you said! Here are a few things you should never say in a job interview, along with smart alternatives to use when you’re faced with a tough question.
Remember that there are some things that you should keep to yourself during a job interview, even if you’re thinking them. Be conservative in what you say and share, and keep the focus on your skills and qualifications for a job.
The interviewer isn’t interested in your personal life, your vacation plans, or why you really need to get hired for the job. He or she wants to know why you’re the best-qualified person for the job. If you don’t think you have all the qualifications, don’t mention it.
How you really feel about your current (or last) employer is not a subject for discussion. Negativity doesn’t go over well during job interviews. Companies want to hire positive people, not complainers. A job interview is one of those times when sharing too much information isn’t going to help you. In fact, sharing too much could cost you a job offer.
- “I left my job because it was a toxic environment.
” Some offices are about as functional and pleasant as a swamp full of alligators. But don’t say so, or the interviewer will wonder whether you’ll be badmouthing their own company someday. Focus on a positive reason: “I really want to work more with (particular skill or technology), as I would be doing here.”
- How much does this job pay? (Let the employer bring up money first.)
3. Do you mind if I take this call? (Your phone should be turned off before you head into the interview.)
4. What do you do at this company? (You should thoroughly research the company and be prepared to speak about it.) If you don’t do some background research on the company before the interview, you might as well just not go at all. You never want to walk into the interview clueless about the company or the position. You want to show employers that you took the time to research the company and learn as much as you could — it lets them know that you’re motivated and genuinely excited to work with the company. Check out their company website and read up on their “About Us” section, you’re likely to find everything you need.
5. Can I work from home? (Don’t bring up alternative working situations until you have a job offer.)
6. I don’t have any questions. (You should always have a list of questions ready to ask the interviewer.)
7. It’s on my resume. (Yes, it is, but the interviewer wants to hear it from you.)
8. “How much vacation time do I get?”
9. “No, I don’t have any questions.” (Big mistake. When the interview is coming to a close and you’re asked “So, do you have any questions for me?” you should always have a sturdy list of questions on hand for the interviewer. And never, no matter what, say “Nope! No questions here!”). Not having any questions basically tells employers that you don’t care about the company or the position enough to learn anything else about them. Having questions will also make your interview feel more like a conversation rather than a criminal interrogation.
10. “I know I don’t have much experience and I’m probably not the best fit, but…”
Don’t downplay your strengths! A job interview is not the time for you to be humble. On the other hand, it’s a time for you to sell yourself to employers on why you would be the perfect fit. Even if you don’t have all of the qualifications, that doesn’t mean you’re not the best person for the job.
Instead of drawing attention to your shortcomings, focus on the skills and experiences you do have, and how they can help you succeed in the position. Show the interviewer that you’re excited about the opportunity — a little enthusiasm can take you much further than just having a list of qualifications.
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