Top Ten Tips for What Not to Say in a Job Interview
Remember an interview is a two way process. You need to be able to listen to what is being said and also talk effectively when asked. You need to be 100% focused on the interviewer and what he/she is saying to you. Take each opportunity to speak as a chance to showcase your skills, experience and personality.
- Don’t respond with just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, try to elaborate or make a comment to support it
- Don’t say ‘I don’t know’ to anything, always try to answer
- Don’t try to hide a period of unemployment
- Don’t talk about anything to do with personal wealth / money that could be perceived as vulgar or showing off
- Don’t bring up any potentially inappropriate or politically sensitive matters
- Don’t be negative about anybody else, especially your current employer or boss
- Unless asked by the interviewer don’t bring up salary or financial expectations
- Never answer your phone; switch it off before you go in
- Don’t come across as desperate to get the job – even if you really are
- Don’t lie or try to justify poor choices you may have made
Even if you are not interested in the role being explained to you, respect and appreciate that the interviewer has given you time to meet face to face. Give every interview your total commitment and enthusiasm, you can always reflect or re-consider how suitable the role is for you after the interview has finished.