In an job interview, your primary objective is to get across to the hiring manager and convince him/her that you are the best option over the other applicants for the role. You must prove that you have the right abilities, skills, personality and the drive to get things done in your new job.
As you are preparing the right answers for the possible questions of your interview, it’s alsp very important to know what the hiring manager will consider a warning.
In order to help you out to give the best answers on your next recruitment process, here are a few things you should never say in a job interview:
1. “I’m nervous.”
Saying that you are nervous seems like an excuse for a poor interview or maybe shows a lack of confidence. Better say that you are very excited about the job opportunity.
2. “Can you give an overview of the company / your products?”
All the employers expect their candidates to have done a research online about the company, products, employees, reviews, etc. You can say instead that you did a research online or maybe that you have read about the release of a new product and you want to know more information about it.
3. “I don’t have any questions for you.”
Bad, bad, bad. You must always prepare some questions to ask your interviewer, might be something related with a product, a service, the company, in regards to the team or even you can ask the interviewer why she/he likes to work for that company.
4. “My boss is/was an incompetent/idiot”
Might be true, but you must never say that. They can assume you will be difficult person to manage. They may even worry that you will say the same about them at a future job interview.
5. “How soon can I expect my first promotion?”
This means that the job you are interviewwing for isn’t what you actually want and the interviewer might have the feeling that you are looking for another position with different responsibilities. What you can ask instead is about the typically carrer paths within the company.
6. “I’ll do whatever.”
Companies are looking for professionals passionate about their jobs and experts doing “something”, rather than someone doing “whatever” decently.
7. “I want your job someday”
This might be one of the quickest ways to make a hiring manager feel threatened telling her/him that your plan is to go after their job. Being ambitious is OK, but relax, step by step. Instead, talk about how you can grow internaly by learning and being creative.
8. “I’m not sure if I’m a good fit for this job.”
Everyone involved in a recruitment process is unsure until they are hired. In fact, nobody is expected to perform 100% of the job on the first day, but a 75% or more.
9. “It’s on my resume”
If a hiring manager asks something that’s written on your resume, it means you should tell a bit more about it, so just go into more details. It also shows your social and communication skills.
10. “I really need this job”
Don’t say this if you don’t want to seem like a desperate job seeker who would accept any kind of roles. Hiring managers want to see your interest in a specific opportunity you are an expert, not your willingness to take any job.
Another thing you shouldn’t do at a job interview is ask the hiring manager directly if you have the job. Knowing what to say in an interview, as well as what not to say, will help you get hired.