Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview
Be careful what you say and how you say it– we often surmise this before we meet someone, and perhaps it makes total sense while you’re in a job interview or any necessary interrogation. Job interview mistakes and don’ts are not the same—today I’ll be clearing the don’t part.
Before you take the next slip toward making another failure in a job interview, why not learn those basic things you should never say in a job interview?
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I Know/ I Don’t Know
If you know a term or say a certain portion of knowledge based on your skill, that is already great. But you don’t have to dance on it to an extent that might look weird and impractical in all senses. Thus limit your expectation and excitement, that’s the symbol character of any good candidate. So stop boasting, ‘I know I know’.
Now here comes the contradictory part, you can’t either say—I don’t know, as well. From the upper, it looks like being honest and down to earth with what you got to offer. But trust me, it is not cool to say it in a much louder manner. Instead, it makes you sound less energetic and motivated, more baseless and narrow-minded. Pull some creativity from your inside, show it that you understand, and act comfortably to make them eager to take you by hook or by crook.
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My Last Company was…
Stop saying pessimistic things about your last company unless and until it is truly necessary to raise your voice on certain serious issues you’ve faced. Otherwise, stay away from the risk of saying things that may hurt the interviewer’s ears in some way or the other.
Here I’m enlisting a few factors based on the situation when you should avoid talking about your last company/employee-
- If there was any issue with your work ethic, never mention it
- If there was a small incident of less importance
- If a career gap comes in between
- If the company’s growth is in a rotten stage
Stop right there and think for a few seconds why you want to utter a single word about your last company and how will this benefit the listener’s time. Will it be worth it? Ask yourself.
I Don’t Have any Questions
After you answer all their concerns, you steal the very last moment by not asking the questions you deserve to ask them right away. Please, for the sake of yourself, your interests, and whatsoever, ask questions irrespective of the tone—silly, unusual, etc. This is the best action you can take towards making their hiring process more adaptable, as then they get a confirmation in their brain that yes, you’re interested to invest in this company.
Avoid, avoid, avoid!
Nothing sounds worse ever than trying to fix yourself in an unfit square box. If you did that in your later interviews, I’m sure you successfully led the boredom campaign for those respective HRs. The easy-to-go-for solution is to simply throw light on information that matters in a sentence or more, only if they ask for it.
I’m a Perfectionist
Well, in a planet of one billion or more population, everybody is striving hard to get what they want, to be perfect indirectly or directly to be the one. Your answer is lying to you and makes no point because humans make mistakes. Think like this for better. All those candidates who have given such answer are never taken seriously by the HRs for the second time.
Try to deviate your intention, push yourself to let them know the real you instead of just mentioning such terminologies leaving no impact.
Hence you’re giving your HR a complex delineation of your personality—how you think. Some inclusion in some ways or parts of your answer is justifiable, but not in most cases as it seems. Any sentence always starting with “I think” is a fluff type in HR’s eye.
It also means you’re an unsure kind who pretty much knows how to make simple things look more complex from outside, thus making things safer from your side. And HRs, even me, don’t like close conversations, which make us feel insecure about our decision.
So again, don’t do that.
Avoid Using Filler Words
Words such as like, um are so-called filler words. Although it is completely natural to use while being nervous, what is slightly wrong when you take this as comfort for using it in every flick of a moment. Remind yourself of the professional ethics that every corporate company stands for and the value it carries.
Whenever you start to stop using such words, say these instead—
- “Can I borrow a minute to answer?”
- “Thank you for the…”
- “I completely understand”
- “That’s a thoughtful question”
Or you can pause for a minute without having to tell them that you’re taking. Know that speaking honestly and eloquently should be your priority, don’t mess it up by filling in such words.
Although there are way more other things to never say in a job interview, these are among the most honest picks for any go-to candidate hunting for jobs. The speculation I carry forward largely deals with the ‘research’ part—I can’t emphasize more how important it is to do before your interview day arrives in. Just make sure of this, the rest you’ll automatically know how to deal with.
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