If you’re currently looking for a job or if you’re looking for a better job, you should know that you’ll need to prepare yourself a little bit before meeting your (hopefully) future employer and that’s why you should know those very important things you should never say at a job interview. Even if you do have the perfect resume, the qualifications required for that job, a work-appropriate lovely outfit and even if you did arrived a bit early, you set your phone to silent mode and you believe you do have all that it takes to pass that interview with flying colors, you should still pay attention to some things you should never say at a job interview, in order for everything to go as well as planned.
1. “I Know Nothing about Your Company.”
This is definitely one of the things you should never say at a job interview! Even if you didn’t have enough time to do your research and you do know very little about that company, you should never say that out loud even if you intended it to be an excuse. In that situation it’s better to just avoid that topic because you don't want to seem disinterested, unprofessional or untrustworthy. Remember to always do your homework before going to a job interview if you want to really impress your potential employer, because this could definitely land you the job of your dreams.
2. “I Hate My Old Job!”
Even if it is true and you really did hate your old job, you should definitely try to keep this opinion to yourself, especially when you’re at a job interview. By admitting how awful your job was or by even complaining about the terrible things you had to do there, you’ll only seem like a difficult person who didn’t know how to fit in at your old work place, thus your potential employer might wonder if you wouldn’t do the same in their company.
3. Don’t Give Only Yes or No Answers
When you’re at an important interview for your dream job, try to avoid giving only yes or no answers, no matter how nervous you might feel. Even if your potential employer asks you very short questions that usually require short answers, put your mind and creativity to work and try to tell him (her) as much as you can about that topic. This way, you will show them you do have the abilities required for that job, or at least some amazing communication skills, and that you really are the perfect candidate for that job.
4. Don’t Lie if You Don’t Know How to do a Certain Thing
If the person who’s interviewing you asks you different questions about a thing you don’t know how to do, you shouldn’t lie. Just admit that you didn’t have the chance to learn that skill or that, until now, you didn’t need that particular ability. You should show your interest though, and tell him (her) you’ll be more than pleased with learning that skill because after all, you never know when it will come in handy. Lying is never the solution, so avoid it as much as you can!
5. Don’t Talk about Politics or Religion
I’m sure you all know by now how sensitive these issues are. Just like you shouldn’t talk about politics or religion when you’re on a first date, when you’re talking to your boss or when you have to speak in public, you shouldn’t talk about those things at a job interview either. You don’t know the person sitting in front of you at all, thus you don’t know his (her) beliefs and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to offend your potential employer. So, try to avoid these topics and focus on something else that is relevant for that job interview.
6. Don’t Criticize Your Old Boss
Just like you shouldn’t talk badly about your old job, you shouldn’t criticize your old boss either, no matter how much you hated him (her), how obnoxious he (she) was or how badly he (she) treated you. Just try not to mention those things! By losing your temper and criticizing your old boss, you will only seem immature and negative. Also, it’s a very small world after all, so you never know who are your interviewer’s friends or acquaintances. It may very well be your old boss or some of your former colleagues.
7. Don’t Use Standard Answers
Even if the person who’s interviewing you asks you all kinds of standard questions, this doesn’t mean that you should provide them only with the standard answers. Put your creativity to work and think about different ways to impress them! Show them what an amazing person you are and how lucky they would be to have you as their employee. Don’t answer their questions like a robot, or like an actor who’s reading a script! Even if you don’t think you’ll provide them with the best answers for their questions, you will at least seem genuine and that will matter the most.
I hope you will find my list of things you shouldn’t say at a job interview useful, and I would be more than pleased to find out about your experience too. Please share your opinion in the comments section so we can all learn from it!