The Ten Things to Avoid or Say at an Interview
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10 Things not to say at a Job Interview
Preparation is important for any interview. We think of all the things what we should say and do. We practise what we are going to say, anticipate the questions we are going to be asked and try to create an answer for every question. While doing this, it can be easy to forget the things we should not say during an interview. Sometimes, though, not saying something is just as vital as saying it. This article will look at 10 things not to say during a job interview.
Lies – “I was a pro footballer now turned singer ”.
Basically don’t tell lies or try and bend the reality.
Definately do lie on your CV before the job interview, during , or even after.Because you will be found out sooner or later. If you make up an experience, previous employer or skill, then chances are that your new employer will find out the truth. And nobody wants to have someone in their company they cannot trust.
Even if they don’t find out, what’s the point? If you lie about a skill you need, you can’t magically learn it overnight. If you lie about a previous employer then you must continue the charade of having worked there. Lying is not worth the time or effort of your employer and it isn’t worth your own.
Being Late – “Sorry I was late”.
Don’t be late to an interview.Timekeeping is very important for any job so establishing yourself as someone who can’t appear on time will reflect very badly.Bad timekeeping can lead to a disciplinary.
Set an early alarm before your job interview, have a good breakfast and a cup of coffee, and leave early, compensating for traffic. If you are going to be late and it cannot be avoided, always call ahead. It will display a sense of trust between you and your employer.
Avoid Being Overly Personal – “Your shoulders are huge; do you pump iron?”
When you attend an interview, you are there to prove your worth for a job. You’re not there to make friends on the day (although hopefully you will if you get the job), nor are you there to find your next husband/wife.
At all times you should remain professional. Don’t tell an employer your life story outside what is relevant to the job, and don’t ask for theirs. This means no asking where their children go to school, or where they bought their cute new blouse, and it definitely means no stories beginning “I was so hammered…”
Acting like you know someone can come across as a creep, a skill no employer seeks.
No Questions – “I don’t have any more questions for you”.
At the end of most interviews, the interviewer will ask if you have any final questions. It’s very easy to shake your head and end the meeting. This is the time to really show your worth to an employer.
When you ask a final question you are interested and engaged. It allows you to display your interest or knowledge in the company. Furthermore, it gives you an opportunity to find something out which has not been covered during the course of the interview itself.
Some perfect questions you can ask
• What are the future plans for the company in the longer term?
• Will there be any training or development opportunities available in this role?
• What are the team who I’ll be working with like?
No Weaknesses – “Weakness? It's not a word in my vocabulary”.
It’s understandable that you don’t want to appear weak during an interview. Off course you don’t want to have faults and lose your chance at a job. But you’re not Superman. Everyone has faults,people like Richard Branson or Alan Sugar would be open about theirs. Saying that you don’t have any faults, or that your only fault is working too hard, is clichéd and arrogant.
So When a manager asks what your weaknesses are, look at it as an opportunity. They don’t simply want a list of everything you cannot do. They want to know the challenges you have faced and how you overcame them. It’s not just about weakness, but about how you grow and become stronger.
For example, someone afraid of public speaking may join in a spoken word literature class.
Sickness, Pay & Holiday Planning – “What’s the sickness pay like here, and how many holidays do we get?”
It will look terrrible if you haven’t even joined the company and already you’re looking to take time off. It could reflect on you as being lazy or as though you don’t care about doing the company or job. These are two things an employer will not tolerate .
However If you do have an unavoidable dental or doctors appointment ( unavoidable, such as at the hospital) then it is best to make an employer aware of this in good tme ,especially if it will impact upon your schedule or ability to work.
Not Researching the Company– “Does this shoe retailer build mobile phones?”
Before an interview, it is pivotal to devote some preparation time to actually researching the company you have applied for. You will not be able to learn everything about but a search on the internet is a good start. Simple facts like what the company does, who it was founded by, as well as any company motto or values. Chances are that you will be asked something along the lines of the companies mission statement .If you are not asked it is a perfect opportunity to fit this into your post-interview questions.
Derogatory Words or Bad Mouthing Previous Employers – “My last boss was awful”.
Even if your last employer was like Attila the Hun ,you should not carry those feelings to your next place of employment. Firstly you may be depending on this previous employer for a reference but dissing an employer is incredibly unprofessional.You will come across as confrontational, and having a bad attitude. Nobody wants to have a trouble maker joing their team.
Unfortunately, none of us have all the answers to all the questions . And there are no point trying to be a walking encyclopedia. It is highly likely that a question will pop up during an interview which you find a challenge.
It is best to answer all the questions, especially difficult ones, it shows that you can think on your feet and possess the skill to react.
It is essential to fully prepare for an interview fully, know all of your abilities, employers and experiences.So you can be able to relate those to the job for which you have applied.
Overused Phrases, Buzzwords & Clichés – “I see myself with this company in ten years”.
The main issue with buzzwords is that they come across as vain and false. The most successful interviews are the ones which focus in your experience and your capabilities.
Thus, the best remedy for a cliché is to break it down what the cliché means and talk about an experience which represents it.
Below are several is a short list of overused phrases, followed by an idea of what to say instead:
• “I’m Highly Qualified ”. – How are you highly qualified are you ? Which qualifications do you have? How do they relate or are they relevant to the position you have applied for?
• “I’m a real team player”. – What experiences do you have working with people? Have you ever managed a team before?
• “I’m a problem solver”. – Think of a problem or a challenge you were faced with. How did you reach a resolution with this?
There are many more , but these are a good starting point for avoiding clichés at a job interview.
These are ten things to avoid or say during a job interview.
Avoid these, as well as prepare what you should say, and you will dramatically increase your interview prospects.
Best of luck.