The interview stage is definitely not the part of the hiring process that you want to “flub up.” (Of course, you don’t want to “flub up” any part, but the interview is especially important.
It’s amazingly easy to say the wrong thing during your interview if you’re not careful, and that’s one of the reasons we published a blog post last summer titled, “6 Things NOT to Say During Your Job Interview.”
Well, we’re back with more things not to say, courtesy of TheMuse.com and its article “30 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview.” We’re not going to mention all 30, but we’ve selected the things that you should really not say.
Below are six MORE things not to say during your job interview:
#1—“How soon do you promote employees?”
This is just as bad as asking about how much vacation time you’ll get if you’re hired. Don’t focus on what you want. Instead, focus on the value that you can provide to the people who are trying to decide whether to hire you.
#2—“Do you know when we’ll be finished here?”
If you truly want to work for the company, then you should probably at least give the impression that you want to stick around for the interview. If the interview goes longer than anticipated? That could be a positive sign. Roll with it.
#3—“I’m going through a tough time right now.”
Yes, people are generally sympathetic to others, but a job interview is not the time to be currying sympathy. Remember that the interviewers are also looking for traits such as resiliency and a positive attitude. Refrain from referencing too much about your personal life.
#4—“I think outside the box.”
Interviewers don’t want to hear tired clichés like this one. They don’t even want to hear brand-new clichés. What they DO want to hear is you tell them about problems you’ve solved, challenges you’ve overcome, and specifically how you’ll apply your skills and abilities to this position.
#5—“I built a synergistic network of strategic alliances . . .”
What? Just stop right there. Don’t talk yourself in circles by trying to sound smarter than you are or smarter than anybody else in the room. Use words that people will actually remember.
#6—“Nope, I don’t have any questions.”
Speaking of being remembered, the interviewers will definitely remember if you don’t have any questions to ask. From their point of view, questions indicate that you have a true interest and desire for the job.
Time Staffing Inc.