If you have been following our blog, you likely read our four-part series featuring job interview advice. However, it is impossible to cover all the important topics related to your job search in just a few posts. Therefore, today we want to talk about five things that you should avoid saying during a job interview.
No matter what, do not talk poorly about your previous boss, the organization, or the people you used to work with. For example, when asked if you enjoyed working there, respond with, “I am looking for greater opportunities.” If you spend the interview talking badly about your previous places of employment, your potential employer will think you may speak that way about them or their organization. Find a positive spin to the question, so you do not come across as someone who speaks negatively.
Even if you are desperate for a job, do not let the interviewer know that. Avoid saying, “I will do anything!” When you do this, you show a level of desperation that doesn’t translate well. You want to show your passion, excitement, and express the value you bring to the position. Hold firm in your convictions and to your goals. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting a job you do not want, which will lead you to another job search.
Avoid buzz words
We have all heard these words: skilled, results oriented, organized, a great leader. However, rather than saying them, tell the interviewer what you did that shows you are these things. Use examples of what you have done, teams you have led, projects you have successfully completed to showcase your skill set. You need to give context to what you have done, and successfully demonstrate how those experiences translate to the position you are applying for.
Avoid saying “I don’t know how”
Never say outright that you do not know how to do something. Rather, think about the question, and connect it to something you have done. This will show that you have a level of understanding of what they are asking. Admitting to not knowing can be a red flag for employers as it shows a lack of competence and expertise. If you need, ask them to come back to the question to give yourself a few moments to think about how you can connect the dots to an experience you have had. However, you do not want to make a habit out of doing this with every question.
Remember, you are also interviewing the organization. Ensure you have done your research about the job, and business so that you can ask intelligent questions to help you discover if this is the right fit for you, as much as it is for them.
If you need help with an upcoming interview, or with your skills-based resume, contact our team today! We look forward to working with you.