24 Things You Should Never Say During a Job Interview
In an interview, your main objective is to get across to the Recruiter or the Hiring Manager why you—above all the other contestants—are the best fit for the job. That you have the right skill-set, a great character, and the ambition to really make things happen in your new role.
But as you’re preparing answers to interview questions that’ll let you do all of those things, it’s equally important to know what the recruiter or the hiring manager will judge as a red flag. After all, one wrong move by you, and it won’t matter how great your achievements were at your last job.
There are several things that you should keep to yourself during a job interview, even if you’re thinking about them. Be careful in what you speak and answer, and keep the focus on your abilities and qualifications for a job.
The interviewer is not at all interested in your personal life, your holiday plans, or why you really need to get hired for the job. He or she wants to know why you’re the best-fitted person for this job. If you don’t think you have all the qualifications, don’t name it.
Sharing too much information isn't going to help you out in a Job Interview. In fact, sharing too much could cost you a job offer too.
Following is the list of top 24 things that you shouldn’t say during an interview:
1. I don't like my job. (Are you going to dislike this job if they hire you?)
2. I have planned a vacation in a few weeks. (Wait to ask for time-off until you have a job offer.)
3. My manager is the worst manager ever. (Are you going to say that about your new manager if things don’t work out?)
4. My current company is terrible. (Are you going to say that about the new company?)
5. How much does this job offer? (Let the employer bring up money first.)
6. When do I get a leave? (Don’t question about gains until you’re selected for the job.)
7. Can you give me cab expense to get home? (Figure out your transportation ahead of time.)
8. Do you mind if I answer this call? (Your phone should be turned off before you head into the interview.)
9. I really need this job. (You don’t want to come across as desperate.)
10. I don’t have complete experience that you require, but I’m a quick learner. (Let the interviewer decide if you’re fitted and concentrate on the skills that you do have.)
11. I don’t know.
12. It’s on my resume. (Yes, it is, but the interviewer wants to hear it from you.)
13. I have an appointment, is this going to be over soon? (Give yourself plenty of time to interview and be aware the interview could run longer than you planned.)
14. Sorry, I’m late. (Don’t be unless you have an emergency.)
15. Profanity or swear words. (Keep it professional and polite.)
16. What’s the policy on dating co-workers? (This is about the job, not your fantasy life.)
17. Do you have Friday Happy Hours or is there an open bar at holiday parties? (Liquor and job interviews don’t mix.)
18. I don’t have a car yet, but I will be having soon. (Same as above.)
19. This schedule doesn’t really work for me. Can it be modified? (Don’t ask for anything until you are selected for the job.)
20. I don’t have any queries. (You should always have a list of questions prepared to ask the interviewer.)
21. What do you do at this company? (You should wholly research about the company and be prepared to speak about it.)
22. What is included in the benefits package? (Wait for a job offer before discussing benefits.)
23. Interviews make me really nervous. (The interviewer wants to hire someone confident in his or her abilities.)
24. Can I work from home? (Don’t ask for optional working situations until you have a job offer with you.)
Another thing you shouldn't do at a job interview is asking the hiring manager directly if you have the job. Instead, ask for the job in a more definite way that will ensure that the interviewer knows you'd love to be hired.
There are many other things that you can say that will help you create a good impression on the interviewer. Knowing what not to say, as well as what to say in an interview will help you get hired. Cheers!