What You Should Never Say During Your Job Interview
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”
– Proverbs 18:21
So, you are preparing for a job interview, you’re excited and nervous at the same time.
- Will you leave a good impression?
- Will you dress appropriately?
- Do You have the right qualifications?
- Will you say all the right things?
- Will you get the job?
What you say during your job interview will play such an important part in whether or not you are hired for the position you are applying for. in fact, everything you say can either help or hinder your chances.
A young teenage girl, new to the “job world”, went on a job interview. When the business owner was interviewing her, she asked: “Why do you want to work at our company?” The girl answered: “I need money.”
Oops! Not the best answer, and unfortunately she wasn’t hired.
Don’t say this at your next job interview…
- Keep things positive, avoid being negative, don’t say things like:
- I didn’t like my last boss
- I hated my last job
- Sorry, I’m late! Never be late for an interview, and then you’ll never have to say that.
- If an interviewer asks questions that you may have answered on your resume´, never tell him/her that that’s where they can find the information. Yes, the information may be found there, but this gives you the opportunity of adding a bit more about you and your qualifications.
- Never use profanity…always speak with professionalism.
- Unless the interviewer asks specifically about your personal life, you should avoid sharing too many details about family, friends and hobbies.
- Do your homework…never ask what the company does.
- Again, unless the interviewer brings up the topic of vacation time, benefits and pay, and she probably will, avoid asking about these topics. This is her time to find out about you, and during the interview she will introduce the subjects.
- Never ask your interviewer if they could hold while you take a quick phone call…turn your phone off before you go into your interview.
- When asked why you would like the position, don’t say that it will give you great experience that will be a stepping stone to bigger and better things.
- When the interviewer asks if you have any questions for her, never say “no”. You will look like you really don’t care about the position or the company. Go to your interview prepared with a couple of questions to learn more about the job, the company culture or potential for growth. Or you could give them the opportunity to ask more questions about you.
An interview is your chance to show your strengths, what you have to offer and that you are motivated to work with them.
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