When job hunting, many people focus on building the perfect resume to get the job. However, a good resume is not all there is to securing a job. While a complete application is essential, the interview is the integral part of the recruitment process that eventually determines if you get the job. Everything you say in an interview plays an important role in whether you are hired or not. You should make sure that you are not only acting professionally but also choosing your words wisely and thoughtfully.
And in order to help you avoid potential mistakes, here are 5 phrases that you should avoid saying in an interview:
1. “Umm.. I don’t know”
Being asked a difficult question during an interview is bound to happen, but you shouldn’t respond to such questions with a blunt “I don’t know”. While it might be nerve-racking to be put on the spot, it could be a great opportunity to show your problem solving skills. You can always ask for an extra minute to think, repeat the question to gain some extra time or even maneuver your way around by putting your communication skills to test.
2. “I hated my old job, everyone was terrible”
Badmouthing your previous employer won't score you any extra points. But instead it might be detrimental to your chances of getting the job. Saying negative things about your current or previous employer might show that you are not capable of handling a challenging situation in a professional and positive manner. Furthermore, your interviewer wouldn’t want someone who would talk badly about them or their company in the future. That is why it is imperative to avoid complaining about your previous experiences and instead focus on what you have learned from these challenges.
3. “Nope, no questions”
Asking questions during an interview is key to show recruiters that you are interested in the position and company. That is why it is important to take time to prepare some questions beforehand.
4. “Tell me again, what does your company do?”
Nothing says “not interested” like asking what the company does or what the vacancy is. Asking these questions means that you did not put in the effort or time to prepare for the interview. Interviewers want to see that you did your homework and are interested in working for their company.
5. “I can perform any task”
Recruiters want candidates who are passionate and well-informed to perform the job. Saying that you will do anything they give you, gives off the message that you are desperate and do not really care about the job. In addition, it shows that you are selling yourself short and willing to settle for anything they throw your way. Be sure to know the job you are applying to and show the interviewer that you are excited to take on this role.
It is imperative that you act professional in an interview and use professional language. However, what you say and how you act in an interview is not all there is to guarantee a good impression. It is also crucial to make sure that you do not arrive too late or too early. Arriving too late gives off the impression that you do not care enough or respect the interviewer’s time. On the other hand, arriving too early means you do no not have good time management skills.
In a nutshell, it is important to speak and behave professionally so that you can leave a good impression.
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