You may regularly hear about how you should dress, sit or act like in a job interview, but perhaps you are rarely informed about what you should avoid saying at all costs.
It is absolutely normal to experience feelings of nervousness, anxiety and excitement in a job interview, and science tells us that when the part of the brain that generates such emotions is overactive, our thinking capacity decreases dramatically. For this reason, it turns out that the probability of uttering the wrong thing during a job interview is higher than that of everyday situations and the chances are that not saying what the interviewer wants to hear or asking an inappropriate question might prompt them to dismiss your application. With this in mind, the following should be avoided:
“How much does this job pay”. The interviewer might take this question to mean that you are solely interested in the remuneration and not in the position itself. Let the interviewer be the first to bring up the salary subject.
“It’s on my CV”. The potential employer will definitely seek to assess your communication skills. Show them that you are eager to answer any question that they may have.
“I’m the most qualified, you should hire me”. Apart from the fact that you could not possibly know that unless you were familiar with other candidates’ qualifications, this claim could be interpreted as an indicator of a domineering or overconfident personality. Employers will most definitely want the most qualified person for any of their current positions, but they will also pay attention to each of your personality traits in order to determine your suitability for the role and interviewers regard amenability as a highly desirable quality.
“My former boss was awful”. Expressing your disdain for previous co-workers may indicate lack of maturity and employers will try to ensure that you will not attempt to create a bad reputation for the organisation during your time with them or after the employment has ended.
“I don’t have any questions”. This assertion might be interpreted as a general lack of interest in the organisation. Employers want to think that your keenness to join their company is genuine and not only out of necessity. Show that you really care about what the organisation is about and what they are committed to by asking questions such as: “what are the company’s core values?” or “what do you enjoy most about working for this company?”
REMEMBER to always be amicable, well-spoken and personable. Don’t forget interviewers are also people and will like to be treated accordingly!