If you have given a lot of interviews in your life, you are aware of the fact that passing an interview for a job is the toughest part. For some, passing an interview seems a lot of struggle than the actual work at the job. Let us know about “What Not To Say In An Interview?”
There are incredibly so many people who have been preparing well and giving interviews in multiple companies but still didn’t pass.
Well, this article is exactly for those once! Here, you will learn some of the mistakes you made in your past interviews, which might be the result of your failure and will teach you to not repeat them in your next one.
Before, Moving Forward Here’s Some Tips For You:
– While attending an interview make sure you are dressed and groomed well.
– Do deep research on the company or the role you are applying for before going to an interview.
– Think before saying anything you will regret after.
– Give them a reason to hire you and prove why you are better than other candidates.
THINGS NOT TO SAY IN AN INTERVIEW
1. Ask What Will I Be Doing In This Role
Normally your chance to ask in an interview comes at the end. So if you ask about what am I supposed to do in the company, it seems idiotic. I mean you just did your interview and spent a significant amount of time talking about what you’ll be doing. And be aware of the fact that you have already given a job description with line-to-line details about what you’ll do. And even still you ask such a question it’ll make an interviewer wonder did you really do your research or just came to any interview. I would rather suggest framing a question in this way, “I would love to hear what a typical week looks like in this position?” or something like that. Just don’t be so straightforward.
2. I Can Handle Any Situation
Here don’t act like a hero. Don’t seem like you have never messed up a day in your life or there’s never something that threw you up. You’re not always perfect and there’s going to be things that will mess you up. Now, don’t talk about that but also never claim you can handle anything and everything. Many people think it will help them secure a job directly or make them seem confident while claiming this. But it’s not what interviewers think.
3. Ask About Payment
You are never going to talk about pay. They will talk about the salaries when they are ready to. So do your research on different websites like salary.com or glassdoor if you want. Most probably, the company won’t talk about the salaries until the very final interview round. So just focus on clearing the rounds and have some patience.
4. Speak Negatively Of The Old Bosses/ Employees
One thing you should always keep in mind is never to talk negatively about anything in your interviews. Let it be about your previous bosses, co-workers or the whole job in general. You need to find ways to talk about different situations without actually throwing someone at the bus. The last thing an interviewer wants is you talking badly about the company or its employees in the future.
5. I Don’t Know
There’s always a better way to respond to the question you are unsure of than saying “I don’t know.” Of course you are not going to make things up by saying this. Buy yourself time by asking a glass of water or by asking the interviewer to repeat the question to clarify it. Don’t give an interviewer a cut and dry response rather try to steer the conversation to what you know in a smooth manner. I mean anything is better than saying I don’t know directly.
6. Talking As If You Are Doing The Company A Favor
Next thing to keep in mind is never to be cocky. Just remember there’s a very fine line between confidence and cockiness. You should not be bragging in front of your interviewers just be honest with what work you have actually done in the past. Sometimes it’s just your body language that makes you seem like you’re doing the company a favor. So practicing with another person is very important because sometimes you have no idea you are coming off this way.
7. I Don’t Have All The Experience You Need
Let the interviewer do their job which is to figure out if you’re qualified for the position. Saying you don’t have the experience is basically you telling them you are not a good fit for the role and they should not hire you. An interview is not the time about expressing doubts about your qualifications. Don’t downplay your strengths and plant the seed of doubts in the interviewer’s mind. Instead of drawing attention to your shortcomings, focus on selling values that you know that you would bring to the position.
8. You Need The Job Or Act Desperate
Never be like, “I really need a job, it’s so important to me, please!” instead show enthusiasm. You can rather say, “I am so excited for this opportunity and I think the job is a great fit for me.” Hiring managers are more likely to hire a person with enthusiasm and are passionate about the role with the right skill sets.
9. It’s On My Resume
Yes, it is, but interviewers want to hear it from you. If you say so, it makes interviewers irritated and there’s an uncomfortable silence in the room which spells the end of an interview. Saying this might make you look arrogant. The reason something is asked that is already on your resume is because they want to expand what’s really in you.
10. Blame Answers On Nerves
If you’re nervous, it’s okay, no need to tell that to the interviewers out loud, they know you are. Sometimes people just think they’re gonna be given more grace if they give an answer and then go, “Oh sorry, I don’t know if that was okay, I’m just really nervous.” But that will probably make an interviewer doubt an answer they were okay with. Just show you are confident with whatever you say.
11. I See Myself Sitting In Your Chair In The Next 5 Years
You may be asked where do you see yourself in the next 5 years. So displaying confidence is a good thing but by saying this you may come across as cut through or ruthless. Remember hiring managers are assessing you to know whether you fit well in a team. In other words you must come across as likable and someone pleasant to work with.
12. Someone Recommended You
You should never say, “so-and-so actually recommended me for this position and that’s why I’m here.” If you were recommended, they already know, you don’t need to share that information. It kind of makes you seem like you think you’ve already got this job, this is just a formality because they recommended you. Just keep in mind that the recommendation got you in the interview room but to get a job you need to pass it, so please don’t bring it up.
13. How Often Will I Be Getting A Vacation
Never start your interview with questions as what’s in it for me. I mean you haven’t even got a job offer yet and you’re asking for time off. Doing so will make you look self-serving. First and foremost interviewers want to know what you got to offer them. So focusing on discussions like benefits and vacations too early on is a red flag for an interviewer. It shows your main concern is mainly about the benefits and is not about doing the best possible job.
14. You Have Never Used Their Product And Not Interested In The Company
Don’t talk about you’ve never used the company’s product, or watch their show, or visited their website. For example, if you’re going to work for Mc Donald’s, you have better eaten from Mc Donald’s that week so you can talk about it if you like it. So whatever it is about the company or the industry you’re applying for, make sure you have something to say about it. And even if you don’t like it you must fake it until you make it.
15. Talk About The Competitor
Okay, now to avoid this mistake, you must do real research about the company or the industry. Like, if you have an interview with a TV company and they ask you what is your favorite show on their network and you say a show name from literally a different network. Make sure this should be happening or you will lose the opportunity to get a job straight away.
So, next time you have an interview, focus on not making these mistakes that will come in a way between you and your dream job.