Question Proposed on LinkedIn: What Are Some Things You Shouldn’t Say During An Interview?
– “I’m really sorry I’m so late.” – There is no worse way to start a job interview than with an apology. Being punctual is critical, and no excuse—bad traffic, wrong directions, car trouble—will make up for being tardy. The obvious solution is to show up on time.
– “Is everyone here as good-looking as you?” – Flirting has its place, but it is not in a job interview. Complimenting interviewers on their physical appearance—even something as seemingly innocent as “I like your glasses”—can come off as inappropriate, insincere or a bit creepy. Stick to comments of a purely professional nature like “I hear this company is having a great year
– “So what does your company do?” – A candidate who asks this question demonstrates a woeful lack of preparation and may appear to be disinterested, unmotivated and perhaps even lazy. Preparation is key.
– “Nobody is better qualified for this job than me.” – Statements like this reek of ego or betray a level of immaturity.
– “I don’t have any real weaknesses.” – Every job-seeker should know by now that one of the standard questions asked by interviewers is “What are your weaknesses?” Be prepared for this in advance so that you can offer something real. Interviewers appreciate honesty.
– “%*!@#.” – Profanity can sink an otherwise great opportunity. The language of the street has no place in job interviews. Avoid slang as well.
– “My last boss was the worst.” – Interviewers don’t want to hear how badly your previous employer performed, even if it is true. Criticizing a former boss sounds unprofessional and may reflect badly on your own character.
– “So how much does the job pay?” – Everybody works for money. That’s a given—an unspoken truth that should remain just that … unspoken. Especially during the first interview, asking about salary or wages is taboo unless the interviewer brings it up
– “No, I don’t have any questions.” – Again, it is standard procedure for the job applicant to ask a few questions toward the end of the interview. This is not trivial. The word “interview” means to “see one another.” It is not a one-way street. The thoughtful, intelligent questions you ask can be just as important in demonstrating your level of interest and suitability as the answers you’ve already given.
– That list is good, but also include “Tell me about the company’s benefits.” – Just like salary, bringing up such perks as vacations, sick leave, health insurance, retirement plans, promotions and bonuses is off limits in initial interviews.