For many, landing the right job requires a lot of work. It is more than just having the right qualifications. The right candidate knows how to effectively communicate to a job interviewer or recruiter that he or she possesses the right qualifications and skills and is deserving of the position.
Effective communication is as much about knowing the right things to say, as it is knowing what not to say. To that end, below are common words and phrases you should never say in a job interview – that is, unless you really do not want the job you applied for.
1. I do not know
Confidence is a universally sought-after skill. And when you are unable to answer questions, it undermines both your confidence and competence. You should always find a way to answer the questions posed to you.
2. It is in my resume
It does not matter if you are asked a question for which there is an answer in your cover letter or resume. Simply answer the question when asked.
3. I do not have any questions
Never go into a job interview without at least thinking in advance of a few questions to ask at the end of the interview. It will look even better if you craft some questions during the interview that relate to the conversation you just had with the interviewer.
4. Using filler words (i.e “umm” and "like”)
Filler words are a common habit that plagues everyday conversation. You must be mindful of this habit to avoid relying on filler words while you talk or pause to consider a response. It is a hard habit to break – but it can be broken. Practice answering common interview questions without using these words. You can even record yourself to see how well you do.
5. Insulting your previous manager or company
Insulting your prior employer or supervisor is a sure way to harm your chances at a job offer. No one is requiring you to praise where you worked before, but certainly avoid criticisms.
6. My biggest weakness
For whatever reason, when people are asked to point out their biggest weakness, they act like a politician at a debate and fail to answer the actual question. Being “too nice” or “too hard working” are not weaknesses. A better practice is to be honest. Then follow up your honest response with how you handle your weakness.
7. You look great
This one is straightforward – do not comment on the appearance of the person interviewing you. That is not a good idea.
8. I want to start my own business
You may think that boasting about your entrepreneurial goals may set you apart. And you are right, it does, but not as an ideal candidate. This response lets the interviewer know that you are not a long-term prospect or worth investing in.
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