When going for a job interview, your chief goal is to get across to the hiring manager why you are the right fit for the job as against all the other candidates. You are required to showcase that you have the right set of skills, a great personality, and the drive to really make things happen in your new role.
But as you’re preparing answers to interview questions that will let you do all of those things, it is just as necessary to know what the hiring manager will consider a red flag. After all, a wrong move or two, and it won’t matter how great your sales numbers at your previous job were.
Here are 6 things you should never say in a job interview.
(1) What is the job, company etc.
This is the first rule of interviewing! You must do your research. Do not walk into an interview knowing next to nothing about the position or company. You want to show your potential employer that you’re well prepared and enthusiastic enough that you’ve done some homework and thought about how you’d fit in. To get started, do some online research. The company website would be a good place to start. Also, try to find a current or past employee you can talk to before the big day.
(2) My last company was bad.
This one is a major NO. No matter how bad a job was, you never, ever need to criticize a previous employer in an interview. Keep your tone somewhere between neutral and positive. Focus on what you’ve gained from each experience and what you’re hoping to do in the future. This especially applies when you’re talking about why you’re leaving.
(3) I did not get along with my boss.
Just as you can’t badmouth the company, you cannot badmouth your boss. Even if they were horrible to you. Your interviewer doesn’t know that—and could wonder whether you’re the difficult one to work with. Stay off negative comments about your boss.
(4) I am very nervous.
Even if you’re more nervous than you’ve ever been, you need not portray it. No company wants to hire someone who lacks confidence. Honesty is therefore not the best policy here. You must sound confident during the interview.
(5) Perfection is my greatest weakness.
Telling a recruiter that perfectionism is your greatest weakness won’t surprise him or her. In fact it might come off as sounding like an overly rehearsed cliche. It also doesn’t offer a true insight into your work style or personality (since it is likely that half the other candidates are giving the same response). Give a more genuine response.
(6) I have no questions.
Towards the end of an interview, an interviewer always asks if you have any questions for them. Not having any questions for the interviewer might portray that you’re not interested enough to learn any more. Go with a prepared question or two and wow your interviewer.