June 24, 2018

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5 Things Not to Say At A Job Interview

You get a call from the HR department and learn youíve finally landed the big interview. Youíre well prepared. Youíve done online reputation repair and scrubbed YouTube of any embarrassing videos there might be of you. Youíve put together a portfolio of your best projects, and youíve used your final dwindling funds on buying a nice suit. Youíve printed up resumes and sheathed them in protective covers, youíve shaved, showered, prayed, and now, youíre ready. Months and months of unemployment could be about to come to an end. Now donít ruin it by saying something stupid at your interview! Here are five things not to say to a potential employer:

I really need a job

We all need a job, especially when we are unemployed, but saying you really need a job is not a good start. It implies that you need money, you will do anything, you will work for cheap. No one wants to hire a desperate person. You should be offering reasons why you would be a valuable asset to the company, not whining about your bad luck or thinking that you can guilt-trip them into hiring youóyou canít..

How long are lunch breaks?

Any question that focuses on you (what time can I leave?, Do I get a discount?, etc.) is not a good question. There will be time to ask questions about the benefits once you get the job offer. Asking questions such as this, as opposed to any number of legitimate queries about the company youíre hoping will hire you, makes you look petty. The employer is thinkingóis this really all he/she is thinking about, the lunch break?

Bad Habits

There is no need to tell a potential employer about bad habits (smoking, biting your nails, etc.). This is shorthand for telling an employer that youíre going to take extra breaks or be a poor influence on others. Everyone knows that smokers are masterful at squeezing in multiple five minute breaks into the workday. Even if you do smoke (or bite your nails), donít admit it in the interview. Youíll have to keep your smoke breaks minimal, if at all, and find a way to control the smell.

My last boss and I didnít get along

Avoid talking about past failures in general, especially as they relate to previous jobs. You should also refrain from speaking poorly about your current company, boss or coworkers. Your new potential employer doesnít want to get nervous about you during the interview. You should be highlighting your upsides, not talking talking about your possible downsides. If you got laid off or fired from a previous job, only discuss it if the story relates to an issue of professionalism or procedure that will make you look knowledgeable.

I canít start until next month

Maybe you have an upcoming vacation or other reason why you canít start immediately. Donít bring this up until you get a job offer. Could be that they may not want you to start immediately. Many times employers will give you ample time to prepare for a job, but sometimes they need you to start right away. If youíre not ready to work, donít go into the interview.

There are any number of deviations of these phrases that are equally unprofessional. The basic idea is that during a job interview you want to be presenting yourself in the best light possible. Any utterance that makes you seem frivolous could cost you the job.

Author: Joey Trebif

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