Right qualification and an impressive resume may get you to an interview but getting hired is not so easy. It’s all about presenting your character, personality, abilities and values in a positive, significant light that is attractive to employers. There are some things you should never say in a interview. You will not get a second chance if you say something inappropriate and your interviewer will get an easy way to knock you off. Here we have listed out some of mistakes that can ruin the chances of a job.
1. Never Ask What Does Your Company Do?
Before you go for an interview, research what the company does. Never ask the basic details about the company, as these basic questions can put the hiring staff off and they can immediately turn you down.
2. Never Complain About Your Former Job
In a job interview never complain about your previous boss or the company. It reflects a bad image of yours. It makes you look like a complainer even if you are telling the truth. The company will not like to work with a complainer.
3. Never Say I am Nervous
It is very natural to be nervous when you go for an interview. There is nothing wrong in feeling nervous. Do not tell the interviewer about your anxiety. This looks very unprofessional and seems as if you are gaining their sympathy.
4. Never Say No Questions
In the end of the interview the employer may ask if you have any questions for them. Never say no to them as it gives the impression that you are not interested in the company. Always be ready with some questions. Here the research you did about the company can help you. Ask about the company’s strategies or may be the new project they are about to launch. Your extensive knowledge about the company reflects a very good impression of yours. This may even fetch you a job.
5. Avoid Revealing Your Weakness
In a job interview you may be asked what your weakness is. This is the most dreaded question as there is no specific reply to this. Well, no one is perfect and we all have weaknesses. However, do not start revealing all your weaknesses. Never admit a weakness that will affect your ability to get the job. Choose a weakness that is not related to your job and tell them how you are working on it.
6. Never Compliment The Interviewer
Never compliment the interviewer on their physical appearance. This looks very flirty and inappropriate. The interviewer will think that you are grabbing unnecessary attention. You will only get the job if you have the caliber. Complimenting is not bad if you do it in a right way. You can complement or praise their recent success.
7. Never Say I Got Fired From My Last Job
Even if you are telling the truth that you got fired from your last job this leaves a very poor impression of yours. Lying will never fetch you the job. However, you can say this in a more graceful way. Say that your ideology did not match the company you were working in and as a result you had to leave the job or say that you are looking for new challenges.
8. Turn Off Your Cell Phone
Answering a phone call or texting messages looks very weird and inappropriate in a job interview. The employer will immediately knock you off if you do such silly mistakes. Even if you call is urgent do not respond to it. Turn off of your cell phone before going in for an interview.
9. Do Not Be Desperate
It is very obvious that you are there for a job. However, do not show your desperate behavior. Do not say ‘I want this job at any cost’ this desperation is not at all appealing. Show your talent and caliber rather than your desperation.
10. Never Say I Want To Learn
This expression is normally used by freshers. You may be very desperate to learn new things but do not say this in a job interview. Employers are not there to teach you or make your life adventurous but they are there to deliver new products and services.
11. Avoid Giving Personal Information
Avoid giving too much personal information that has nothing to do with the job. Even if you are needy person or have financial issues in your family it will be inappropriate to mention them in front of your employer. Remember this is a competitive world where there is no place for emotions.
12. Do Not Initiate Salary Negotiation
You may be very curious to know your salary but do not mention your salary expectations in between the interview. This is a topic the interviewer will bring up at their discretion. Once the interviewer explains compensation and benefits, you may ask questions regarding the topic.
13. Do Not Mention Your Future Plans
You may be ambitious and look forward to advancing your career. But it is not important to tell the employer about your future plans. Do not say that this position is just a stepping stone to better employment. Employers are just interested to know how you can help their company rather than knowing how the company is helping you.
14. Do Not Lie In Your Resume
Interviewer will always ask questions form your resume so be prepared to answer these questions. He will ask about your previous job experiences and internships. Do not say that you do not remember or you mention for the sake of impressing him. There will be a clear no from the employer’s side.
15. Never Say Sorry I Am Late
Punctuality is the thumb rule for success. Never be late for an interview and cover up by saying ‘Sorry I am late.’ Your employer will perceive you as a latecomer and certainly will not want you to be in his company.
16. Never Discuss Leave Policies In An Interview
This will show that even before you are being hired you are planning to take leaves. It will make you look insincere and disinterested in your job.
17. Do Not Lose Focus
If you say something inappropriate your employer will get a chance to easily reject you. Don’t talk about irrelevant things that pop into your head. To be less impulsive, literally practice interviewing. Slow down, count to five, and give yourself a chance to consider how your comment will sound.
18. Do Not Complain About The Physical Discomfort
Complaining about physical discomfort will be perceived as negativity or as you making excuses for not performing well in the interview. Just focus on the interview rather than other things in the room.