Never Say These 11 Things During A Job Interview (Unless You Don't Want The Job)
The hiring manager has already sifted through resumes and decided that they want to meet you. Now its your turn to make an impression.
Avoid these 11 statements next time youre up for a job.
1. THATS A GREAT QUESTION!
While this phrase may be a great addition to social conversations, its not something an interviewer needs to hear.
Instead of sounding surprised that the recruiter asked a question, remember that youve prepared for this interview.
Get straight down to answering their questions.
2. WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THE ROLE, AGAIN?
Any questions showing your lack of research into the company, the job description, or the industry itself show that you havent adequately prepared.
Theres no doubt its important to ask your interviewer questions, but the questions you ask should be targeted toward information you cant find online: what the company culture is like, how the values of the company play out in day-to-day business, etc.
3. IVE ACTUALLY NEVER DONE THIS TYPE OF JOB BEFORE, BUT . . .
If you have a lack of experience, your resume will show it.
In fact, the interview is your chance to creatively connect the dots between your resume and your decision to apply for the job.
Its where youre able to tell the interviewer why youll be a perfect fit for the job, even if thats not what it looks like on paper.
4. I REALLY CANT IMAGINE ANYONE MORE QUALIFIED THAN ME
Self-aggrandizing during an interview only serves to hurt you in the end.
Since you havent seen the resumes of the other applicants, theres no use in overtly comparing yourself to them.
Whats important to learn is the art of the subtle comparison.
The key is being able to talk about the things that make you specialnot just saying that youre special.
5. MY LAST BOSS WAS TERRIBLE
Complaining about how you didnt get along in your last work environment is detrimental on two levels.
First, it shows your lack of ability to cope with a challenging situation and move past it.
Second, the last thing your interviewer wants is for you to be talking trash about their company or employees in the future.
Obviously, its important to talk about past challenges youve faced on the jobbut critically evaluate, dont complain.
6. THIS WILL BE A GREAT STEPPING STONE TO MY NEXT CAREER MOVE
While this may be the exact reason you want this job, its not a savvy move to share with the interviewer.
Hiring managers are generally looking for someone who will display a long-term commitment to the company.
Instead, ask questions about your opportunities for advancement in the company.
This shows that you mean to stay with the company and let them benefit from your developing skills, knowledge, and maturity.
7. I DONT KNOW
Theres always a better way to respond to a question youre unsure of than saying, I dont know.
Of course, its always important to be humble and not make up what youre not sure of, but this is where your communication skills come into play.
8. I DONT HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR YOU
Having questions prepared for your interviewer is almost as important as being able to answer the questions they throw at you.
The questions you ask are an opportunity to display the deep knowledge you have of the company.
9. THATS A REALLY NICE WATCH YOU HAVE ON!
Attempts to flatter your interviewer will most likely fall shortespecially in relation to appearance or material possessions.
If you really must compliment the interviewer, make it related to something you know theyve done in the business, or even talk about a move the company made that you admired.
10. UM, SO, LIKE, I REALLY, UM . . .
As in any situation where you want to sound confident, intelligent, and collected: Cut the filler words.
11. DO PEOPLE GENERALLY LIKE WORKING HERE?
Dont try to beat around the bush.
Ask specific questions about company culture and team morale, and be direct.
The best way to get the down low on whats happening in an office is to talk to current or former employees there.