Five Things Not to Say in an Interview

Five Things Not to Say in an Interview

When attending an interview, please note the following things that it is best not to say:

  • Anything that suggests money is your primary motivation for seeking the job – Salary is not a taboo subject in an interview, indeed previous items on this blog have suggested ways of answering questions about your desired salary. However, be careful not to talk about salary and other perks too much, as the company will probably want to hear instead about how you want the role because it offers responsibility, variety of tasks, interesting work etc.
  • Criticism of companies and colleagues – It will often be the case that people attend job interviews because they don’t like their current role or don’t like their work colleagues. However, to say so in an interview could give your prospective new employer the impression that you are difficult to work with. Instead talk about how you want to move for reasons such as more responsibility, a better variety of tasks or more interesting work.
  • Any suggestion that you are desperate to secure a job offer – Especially if you have been out of work for a period, it is difficult not to give an impression to an interviewer that you will take any role that is offered. The company instead want to hear why you are keen to land the specific role for which they are recruiting.
  • Asking very basic questions about the company and the role – There is nothing wrong with you asking questions designed to clarify in detail a particular part of the company’s operations, or very specific questions about what the role entails. However, don’t ask very basic questions to which the answers are prominently displayed on the company’s website, or were contained in the job advert, as this could lead the interviewer to think you haven’t done any research prior to the interview.
  • Any suggestion that you are perfect – We all have weaknesses, and sometimes an interviewer will specifically ask you to list some of them. Pretending otherwise could be seen as naïve and/or arrogant.

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