Six Things NOT to Say During an Interview
By Melanie Winograd
While it is true the interview is designed both for the recruiter to ask you questions and for you to get answers to your questions, there are 7 things you should never ask or say during an interview.
#1 "So what kind of business do you do?"
Arrive for the interview fully equipped with information about the company.. Look online and read news articles about the company so you are aware of the most recent happenings. Review the annual report if it is posted on the company's website. Be prepared to ask questions that prove you have done your homework and can be seen as a viable candidate that is interested in the company.
#2 "My long-term goal is to be a beach bum."
The question may have been "where do you see yourself in 10 years?" However, the interviewer expects the answer to revolve around the company. Even if you do not think you will be with the company in 10 years, give a reasonable answer describing your commitment to making a contribution so you can be considered for the current opening.
#3 "I don't know how to do that part of the job."
Rather than state a lack of skills up front, list abilities or experiences you have that relate and stress you are a quick learner. Enthusiastic, inexperienced candidates are preferred over those who may have the skill, but do not appear eager to learn.
#4 "My husband left me and I really need to work."
Leave your personal issues out of the job interview even thought it may be natural to want to open up when you sense the interviewer is sharing stories. Stop yourself from falling into the trap and being branded as unprofessional and desperate.
#5 "What's in this job for me?"
Recruiters are most interested in what you can do for their company. A brash attitude will be considered as rude and self-centered. Instead, relate examples of how you were a team player in previous jobs.
#6 "Working here would be like totally you know, awesome."
Excitement and eagerness are welcome. However, sloppy slang statements can negate the positive reaction to your actual experience and the positive impression given by your résumé.
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