What not to say in a job interview

Monkeys do not hear do not see do not speak

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Job interviews can be stressful as hell, knowing that the recruiter is calculating every move you’re making; however, the interview is still an obligatory step to landing a job and so, being conscious of what you should and should not say, is a must.

At times, it can be tough not to speak out what first comes to your mind; regardless of how long you’ve been preparing for the job interview, it’s still possible to make inappropriate statements when unexpected questions arise.

Whilst there are many things you should say in a job interview, it may be more difficult to consider the things you should never say.
This article is going to unveil a number of particular words and sentences not to say during a job interview.

1: “I don’t know”

Saying “I don’t know” in a job interview is never ideal. To avoid that, try and refresh yourself on the job interview questions commonly asked. Always come prepared and remember that research is the key.

Try to dig deep beforehand into the company’s background including its vision, beliefs, and priorities, and be certain that you are also familiar with the position you’re being interviewed for.

Hopefully, with enough preparation, you can avoid using “I don’t know” for an answer. But if for some reasons, you really do not know what to respond, then you can come up with a counterquestion.

2: “I’m not sure what my weaknesses are…”

This is similar to the previous one, so be prepared for that: you know for sure that a question about your weaknesses will most likely be asked.

Be sure to have it figured out and remember that everyone has a work flaw. To be able to answer this, think of an experience wherein you have struggled, and include points on how to overcome such issues.

3: “How much holiday do you offer?”

Whether you want to plan ahead for a family gathering coming up in a few months or are just curious about the company’s vacation policy, just refrain from asking this question.

It may leave your interviewer an impression that, even before you get hired, you already want to release yourself with from any commitment – which will greatly harm your application.

4: “Ugh, my previous boss…”

No matter how terrible your past job has been, be aware that badmouthing your previous employer won’t harm them: it will solely harm you.

Handling complex situations – especially the conflicting ones – will also be observed during a job interview, so stop complaining.

However, if you ever feel the need to mention such a scenario, then what you might do is including thoughts that display your problem-solving skills.

5: “I don’t have any questions”

Tip: don’t leave a job interview without asking even a single question; prepare a few questions to ask instead (but not too many!) as this demonstrates your interest in the job and the company.

When you research the company, learn to jot down things you would like to know and things that might even apply directly to the job you’re eyeing. And just in case you forget doing so, you can ask questions about day-to-day responsibilities, the significant areas of growth within the role you’re applying for, and where the company hopes the new hire will be in 6 months.

However, take note to only ask about matters that were not tackled during the job interview or those which needed better clarification; otherwise, your interviewer will think you are out of focus and were not listening.

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