A recent article at ToughNickel.com listed 10 things you should never say in a job interview. Here goes.
How much does this job pay?
Typically, money is not discussed during the first interview. If, at the end of the session the interviewer should ask what salary you expect, give a realistic range of salaries you can accept without pricing yourself out of the job or limiting your earning possibilities.
What does your company make or do?
Do your research before the interview. Find the company online and learn as much as you can.
Slang words or phrases or improper English.
The interview is a formal conversation, so if you want to be taken seriously, use proper English. Otherwise, you may come across as disrespectful, casual, and not serious about doing good work.
What are the benefits, vacations, promotions, and bonuses?
The first interview is about what you can offer the company in the way of skills, talents and experience.
Avoid: Curse words or profanity of any kind.
Stereotypical language about other people.
Never speak of others in a derogatory manner.
Anything critical of a former employer.
Criticism informs the interviewer that you will do the same to them. Instead, explain that you had a difference of opinion regarding work styles or philosophies. Don’t elaborate. Keep it short and to the point.
No, I have no questions for you.
This sounds as if you’re not very interested in the company or very smart. Prepare three questions beforehand to ask during the interview. Like, what new products or services are they considering? Do they plan to expand?
I don’t have any weaknesses.
Failing to admit them will cause the interviewer to think you are proud, lying, or not thinking.
And finally, don’t talk about your life story.
Keep it to your education, work experience, volunteer work and hobbies. Do NOT bring up personal problems.
Role-playing can alleviate fear and make you more comfortable in the actual interview.
Practice using good grammar and what Proverbs 16:24 teaches: “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Read this and find more helpful tips at Crown.org.
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