- August 24th, 2014
The interview process is a situation in which nearly all of us will find ourselves during the span of our careers, often on multiple occasions. Interviews present an opportunity for a job candidate to show off their skills, discuss their work history, and introduce their personality to their potential employers. The interview process makes most people fairly nervous, as it places you in the spotlight and can be a major key to unlocking your future. Being prepared is the top thing one can do to quell nerves and ace that interview. While you may know many of the things to do to make your interview the best it can be, you might not be aware of what not to do. We’ve compiled a useful list of 5 things you should never say in an interview:
5. “My last boss was a real jerk!”
Negative comments about a former boss or coworker are a huge no-no! Perhaps one of the worst mistakes you can make during an interview is appearing antagonistic. No matter how unpleasant a previous working situation or relationship was, you should always maintain professionalism when discussing these matters. In an interview, you want to highlight your interpersonal skills and your ability to work well with a variety of people. Speaking ill of former employers may indicate you have a poor attitude, lack communication skills, or are difficult to work with.
4. “Weaknesses? I have none!”
A commonly asked interview question is: “What do you feel are your personal weaknesses?” This can be a tough query, as most of us don’t feel comfortable highlighting the areas in which we struggle. Instead of going the clichéd route and saying something such as: “My greatest weakness is that I work too hard,” you should rather be honest and thoughtful in your response. Definitely do not claim to have no weaknesses or flaws! You should demonstrate your ability to admit and accept your weaknesses, but be able to show the capacity to work past or through them. A good answer mentions the weakness, but turns it into something positive or highlights a learning experience.
3. “How much time off will I get?”
While these are valid concerns, asking too abruptly about benefits or salary is something not to do in an interview, especially in a first interview. You want to avoid sounding as if salary and benefits are your main priorities. Most job descriptions will contain some information regarding salary and benefits, and if not, your interviewer will likely bring it up, perhaps at a follow-up or second-round interview. Wait for the interviewer to broach the subject first. He or she may ask you about your salary requirements, opening up the opportunity for discussion and negotiation.
2. “You have beautiful hair!”
It is a great asset to be friendly. However, compliments to the interviewer which may be perceived as too forward or inappropriate should be avoided. While you want to make a good impression with the interviewer or interview panel, it’s best to stay away from addressing anything too personal. These compliments or comments, while well-intended, may also come off as over-eager or insincere. If you’re looking to pay the interviewer a genuine compliment, it may be a good idea to do a little research about their professional accolades and accomplishments, or about the successes of the company itself. You can mention these in an interview setting to pay a thoughtful compliment, as well as demonstrate that you’ve paid attention in your interview preparation.
1. “I don’t have any questions.”
Typically at the close of an interview, the interviewer will invite you to ask any questions you may have about the position or the company. This can trip up a lot of job candidates. In reality, you may feel as though you have all the information you need, and you simply are really keen to be offered the job! It’s always a great idea to mentally prepare a few questions beforehand in preparation for this moment. If you have no questions about the position for which you’re applying, you can direct your questions more broadly to the company as a whole. Asking questions shows you’re interested, possess a curious and intelligent mind, and that you take initiative. Not asking any questions denies you that extra opportunity to shine in your interview process.
If you’re ready to make a career change, contact us at On Line Recruitment today. The experts in employment, we provide a free service to job seekers, and will be there to help you every step of the way.