What not to say at an interview

What not to say at an interview.

Feeling confident before that big interview? So you should, you’re awesome. Confidence, however, has its own pitfalls – like maybe not thinking before you speak. Here’s a handy guide to what you shouldn’t say when sat in front of the panel.

You’ve done your research, ironed your suit, practised your answers so you know your stuff.

Understandably, you’ve got confidence flowing out of you like a cool breeze because you’ve done everything you possibly can to give you the best chance of getting that job.

Yet there’s still a chance of you saying something that could cost you the job you’ve worked so hard to get.

Instil the following in your mind to help you avoid mentioning:

“I didn’t like my previous boss” or “I had problems with my colleagues”

IFrameYour last workplace might have been Hell on Earth, we’ve all worked at one but it’s completely unprofessional to badmouth anyone at an interview, least of all a current or previous employer.

“What exactly do you do here?”

IFrameLOL! You’d never ask this, would you? You know the company’s industry, products and culture inside out. Asking this question shows a flagrant disinterest in the business and really shouldn’t be in the interview.

“It’s on my CV”

IFrameIf you’re in the interview, you can be confident that the panel has read your CV. If you get asked about a previous role, it’s because they want you to go into detail beyond what you’ve written in your CV.

“I think outside the box”

IFrame*Shudders* Remember that guy at the party who said he loved Game of Thrones and what a huge fan of The one with the Dragons he was. Yeah, this is a bit like that.

Recruiters hate buzzwords and will glaze over when you use them. Best to prove your creative thinking with examples from previous roles.

“Nope, I think you’ve covered everything”

IFrameNope. No, no, no. There’s always more to know. The questions you ask are just as important as answers you give. Take the time here to ask about why the recruiters love working at the company or how they see the role developing over the next few years.

Since you asked (geddit?), here are some topics you really should avoid.

  • Holidays – These will be discussed as part of the package when (let’s be positive!) you are offered the job.

  • Pay – Another subject that will be covered in your offer.

Now you should feel fully equipped to walk into that interview and knock their figurative socks off.

Go get ‘em!

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