Top 12 Things Not to Say During an Interview : Interview tips
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- Never admit to being nervous.
You should show confidence in yourself first. Hide the case of nerves as best you can, and do not mention being nervous. The interviewer is looking for a confident candidate, and that can be you.
It may seem endearing to admit it, like you’re nervous and excited for the opportunity. But ultimately, it’s better to appear confident and in control of your emotions.
- Never mention entrepreneurial aspirations during an interview.
Mentioning that you want to be your own boss puts you in a unique category that you really don’t want to be in. According to Ken Sundheim, it immediately lists you as a threat to the company because you could be there to learn trade secrets or be seen as a potential loss that leads to another day of interviewing. If you want to be hired, don’t tell them you want to work for yourself. Explain why you want to work for them.
- Don’t be too eager to work.
Instead of being available for any job, be job specific when you apply. If you are willing to do anything, the interviewer may see you as desperate and not having specialized skills. If you’ll do anything, you’re not necessarily good at something. Make yourself valuable to the company by expressing yourself and your talents well.
- Don’t Give Apologies for Lack of Experience.
Build on your strengths rather than dwelling on your weak areas. This advice applies to the mid-career changer as well as the new graduate. If you don’t have the years of experience that the interviewer is requiring, mention any skills that transfer and make you the best qualified person for the job.
- Don’t tell them to look at your resume.
Don’t refer the interviewer back to your resume. They want to hear an answer directly from you. You are a living, breathing person. Your resume is a piece of paper.
Reminding them that you listed it on your resume is disrespectful, and it is a definite don’t.
- Don’t talk about your job search.
Move the focus to you and your skills as much as possible, not your inability to find other opportunities.
- Don’t wait for questions you want to answer.
You have to be attentive and able to give answers to all of the questions that are asked. Being able to carry on a conversation without appearing to have it scripted is important to making it past round one in the interview process.
- Don’t use clichés.
The interview is the place to set yourself apart from the crowd, and your conversation is the most obvious way to do this.
- Definitely lose the filler words.
Filler words are often words you don’t even remember saying. A pro tip is to record yourself speaking. Then, watch to see which filler words that you need to eliminate from your vocabulary.
- Stay on topic.
If in your work experiences you achieved great success, then definitely share that story when the time is right. However, if you just can’t way to tell someone about your weekend plans, keep that story to yourself.
- Never ask what the company does.
- Realize the power of your words.
If you slip up and say one of these things, realize it. Next time you’ll know what not to say.