What Not to Say at a Job Interview
The primary goal of any job applicant is to impress his or her potential employer, but impressing an employer can be more difficult than it may seem. This is because it is very easy for an applicant to eliminate his or her chances of obtaining a position if he or she says something that is less than impressive or something that is simply inappropriate. As a result, it is not only important for an individual to know what to say, but also for an individual to know what not to say at a job interview. First, it is important to try to avoid talking about money during the initial interview whenever possible. This is because an applicant may actually reduce his or her chances of obtaining a position if the applicant makes it clear that he or she is looking for more money than the employer can actually afford. It is also important to note that an applicant may actually reduce the amount of pay that he or she will receive when he or she obtains the position if the applicant suggests an amount that is significantly less than what the employer had intended to pay.
Secondly, try not to say anything about the negative aspects of your previous employers at a job interview. This is because an interviewer is attempting to gather information about you so what you say about and/or blame on others may reflect more on your own shortcomings than the shortcomings of your previous employer. In other words, it's important to make it appear as if you have a positive attitude towards the work that you performed for your previous employers because it may be similar to the work that you will be performing for your new employer. Finally, you should try not to say anything about your weaknesses or failures at a job interview unless it is absolutely necessary. This is because it's important to make it sound as if you are the best employee that the employer is going to find and there's no reason to supply information about your shortcomings if the interviewer does not ask you to talk about them. In fact, if you have to talk about your weaknesses (and you probably will have to talk about them at some point during the interview), you should try to make it sound as if you have been trying to overcome the weakness or improve your skills in the area in which you are weak if it is at all possible.
Last Updated: 05/23/2014