7 Things you should never say in a Job Interview

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You don't want to make a bad first impression at a job interview. There are a number of things you should never say during an interview. For eg: Avoid using the wrong name, stating the wrong firm, or coming late. Showcase a good attitude and attentive body language during your interview.

Jan 28
Mudra Brahmbhatt
Course Administrator

Job interviews can cause anxiety in many people. You don't want to make a bad first impression, especially with someone who could be your new boss. Simple things like using the wrong name to welcome the interviewer, stating the wrong firm, or coming late will ensure that you do not get off to the best start. There are a few things to keep in mind during your interview, aside from the obvious, including dressing appropriately, avoiding profanities and slang phrases. Showcase a good attitude, attentive body language, and that you are excited about the role.  

There are several things you should never say at an interview; here are some examples of inquiries and statements to avoid.  


"Can you tell me about your firm?"  

One of the first things you should do after you land an interview is to do thorough research on the company before going for the interview. You should be familiar with the company's operations before coming in for an interview. A lack of interest is demonstrated by not knowing this essential knowledge. You should have a thorough understanding of their service and be aware of any existing problems.  


"I don't have any prior experience with this type of employment"   

The truth is that many successful job applicants lack experience in the position they're hired for, but that doesn't always matter. Don't go out of your way to talk about the role or industry you're applying for if you don't have any expertise with it. When asked about your background, attempt to recall your abilities and responsibilities from previous positions that you believe will translate to this one.  


"My last employer was very irritating”  

This is not only impolite, but it may lead the hiring manager to believe that you are the problem. Speaking ill of former coworkers and managers will reflect poorly on you. So if asked about your previous job, mention the things you learned from your colleagues or the qualities you imbibed from your employer.  


"I have nothing to ask"  

Asking questions is an important element of any interview. Simply requesting clarification or additional information on a topic demonstrates your interest in their company and their job. Write down any questions you have about the company's services or role responsibilities while you conduct a background study. This demonstrates to your interviewers that you have prepared for the interview and are enthusiastic about the job.  


"I don't think I have any weaknesses"  

While we don't recommend hiding your light under a bushel, telling your prospective boss that you picture yourself in their job in five years or boasting that you're 'all strengths and no shortcomings' will not earn you any kind of likeability. You'll likely be asked about any weakness, but try to focus on something that has no bearing on the job at hand. Better still, offer an example of how you overcame a flaw in your previous work to make a positive impact.  


"I’ll be needing the following days off"  

An interview is not the right time to bring this up, as you're still learning about the firm and the job obligations. If an offer is made, a better moment to bring this up is during your negotiations.  


"How long will it be until I get a promotion or a raise?"

 You're simply getting your foot in the door, and asking this question will indicate to your interviewer that you don't think highly of the position you're interviewing for. In addition, this demonstrates that you expect to be rewarded for performing very little labor.  


Some other subjects also should not be discussed in an interview. For example, unless you're interviewing for a related career, don't share your political and religious beliefs. Your interviewer may see this as being improper or offensive.  


Even though most interviews are straightforward and similar, candidates frequently find themselves at a loss for words. Mistakes happen, but you may reduce your chances of saying something incorrect by planning professional and truthful responses ahead of time. Maintain your composure, don't rush your responses, and be yourself. All the Best!   


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