Job Interview Tips - What Not to Say in a Job Interview
Interviewing for any job can create stress, and for some, can result in a lack of good judgment when it comes to what to talk about. Many interviewees with good intentions, can end up saying things that are inappropriate or inaccurate, which ultimately costs them the job.
- Do not speak negatively about your past employer or organisation. If asked why you are leaving or why you left, simply say that you are looking for a new opportunity. Talking badly about your former boss, company or co-workers will come across as negative.
- If you are uncomfortable about providing private and /or sensitive
information about your current employer (such as
financials), avoid a negative
response by saying “I’m not sure my company would like me to
disclose that information". Ideally, if talking
about financials, you can use a range
instead of exact amounts. For example, company turnover being $35Mil,
then you can provide a
range of "$30Mil to $40Mil". This is a more helpful
- Avoid discussing salary until the interviewer brings it up. Typically, this will come up after you have been offered the position, or at the end of the interview. Immediately asking “How much will I get paid?” or asking "When is the next pay rise" could have the interviewer believing that money is a number one factor.
- Do not say anything that is not true about your past work history. The interviewer will most likely cross reference your past jobs,so you will eventually get caught out and lose the job. Always be honest about your experiences, history and abilities. If the interviewer asks why you were fired from a job, be forthcoming but explain how you have learned from the mistake. Never lie and say that you left of your own accord, if indeed you were released.
- Do not interrupt the interviewer. Always let them lead the conversation and set the pace of the interview. If you interrupt or try to lead, you will come across as pushy and someone who doesn't demonstrate good listening skills. Stop yourself from over talking!
- In an interview, you want to remain professional, yet friendly. But don't get too friendly and share too many details. Keep your answers simple, concise and to the point so that you avoid babbling on unnecessarily and giving away personal information. Always remember, this is an interview!
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