Career Mantras

Things You Should Not Say During a Job Interview

Posted by: Editorial Team Date:Jan 25, 2018

Are you looking for a job? Are you attending interviews? If yes, this is the time for you to understand that one wrong answer can cost you the position or role you are targeting. Whether you are a fresher hunting for your first job or an experienced professional, committing false move during job interviews can drain your confidence level. As interviewees, you generally refer to various questions for preparing yourself towards answering a job interview questions. But, taking time and answering is better than saying things the hiring manager would NOT want to hear!


You generally face a chilling situation when attending to job interviews. Especially if it is a job you really want and are targeting since long. Then it is definitely important to give a good impression and answer rightly, but when you're stressed and trying to get rid of your old boss, try to cover up the image that exhausts you as that can distract your interview process.


Hence, to keep your confidence going we have listed things you should avoid talking about during a job interview:     



Do not blame / complain about your boss

Never say anything negative about the organization, employees and/or boss you are currently employing with. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain” – Henry Ford. Whatever is the reason for your leaving the firm, you should keep your tone neutral and positive when you talk the organization. If you point fingers to people or employees in the organization you run the risk of portraying yourself as an individual who cannot adjust to surroundings and manage or create employee relations.


Do not talk about your nervousness

“Never be nervous when given the opportunity to market your skills and talent. It’s the only time people are genuinely interested in hearing you talk about yourself” – Jason Wincik. It is obvious to be nervous while you are selling yourself as an asset to the company, but you need not share that emotion.  Sharing the “nervous” feeling will show the lack of confidence you have, so keep the feeling to yourself and make yourself understand you are fine.


Do not seem desperate for the job offer

When the hiring manager is set to hire a new employer they select the one who is really in need of the job, and genuinely interested in it. If you express your desperation towards the job, it sends a wrong message and the employer gets in a fix whether you will do a good job or no.


Do not talk about your lack of experience

You may not have the number of experience the job desires, but talking about it upfront can get you in trouble. Remember! The Hiring Manager has by now read your resume and knows about it. Don’t try pulling someone's attention towards it again just focus on selling yourself.


Do not direct the employer

“If you’re an employer, you want to hire an employee who’ll do their job, not do your bidding” – Jeffrey Jones. When the interviewer or hiring manager asks you something just answer. Do not boss over them by directing them to refer to your resume for a particular question. They've read your resume and know about what you have performed earlier, but at times hiring managers also consider communicating your abilities.


Answer about your weaknesses

No man on earth is perfect. If you say you don’t have weaknesses, the hiring manager will understand you are overconfident or else lack the willingness to analyze your inadequacies. “Admitting your weaknesses does not diminish your strengths: It shows your courage” – Erin Andrews. The questions “tell me your weaknesses”? Is usually asked to know your awareness towards your weak areas for improvement. Use this opportunity to portray your interest into developing your skills. You can try being honest, by finding a weakness in yourself, but point to things you've done to improve in that area.


Never say “I do not know”

“One of the hardest things is to utter the words you’ve kept within”. You can be asked question to which you do not have answers. However, do not avoid the answer. If you do not know how to answer it say it is a good question and think of something that you can put down as an answer.


Interviewing with XYZ

It is not advisable to mention the companies you are interviewing with, as this shows your lack of interest in the company you are currently interviewing and that you are using them as a back-up option.


Never say you have no questions to ask the hiring manager

Often at the end of an interview, you are asked if you have any questions. Do not neglect this question by answering “NO” as it shows either you are not interested or not confident enough about sharing what is on your mind. Try asking questions to gain information about the position or company that will help increase your knowledge about the organization. Asking questions show your interest in working for a company. This is as important as answering the interviewers questions. Very often, a candidate has got the coveted job by asking the right questions. You can ask questions that include:

  • How is performance measured?
  • What training opportunities do you offer?
  • Does the company believe in job role rotation?
  • What type of career-planning does the organization have for its employees?


In today’s competitive jobs market, you can not afford to lose opportunities through the wrong choice of words, sentences or answers. So remember what you need to avoid in your next job interview.

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