9 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview

interview mistakesInterviews are probably the most challenging part of the job search process. You need to be ready for anything, including weird interview questions.You don't want to blurt out something inappropriate and send all of your hard work down the toilet. Avoid these inappropriate comments during your interview:

1. I'm really nervous. There's nothing wrong with feeling nervous. It's natural to be a little uneasy at an important interview. Don't tell the interviewer if you have butterflies in your stomach, though. Your job in the interview is to portray a confident and professional demeanor. You won't win any points by admitting your nerves or blaming them for any failures in your performance.

2. I don't really know much about the job; I thought you'd tell me all about it. This is a big job seeker mistake, and it can cost you the opportunity. Employers spend a lot of time interviewing, and they expect candidates to have researched the jobs enough to be able to explain why they want the positions. Otherwise, you could be wasting everyone's time by interviewing for a job you may not even really want. Asking questions is important, but don't ask anything you should know from the job description or from reading about the company online.

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3. My last boss/colleague/client was a real jerk. It's possible (even likely) that your interviewer could prod you into telling tales about your previous or current supervisor or work environment. Resist the urge to badmouth anyone, even if you have a bad boss. It is unprofessional and the employer will worry what you may say to someone about him or her down the road. Instead, think about ways to describe past work environments in terms of what you learned or accomplishments you're proud to discuss.

4. My biggest weakness is (something directly related to the job). "What's your weakness?" is one of the most dreaded interview questions. There's no perfect reply, but there is a reply you should never say: Never admit to a weakness that will affect your ability to get the job done. If the job description requires a lot of creativity, and you say your creativity has waned lately, assume that you've taken yourself out of the running. Choose a weakness not related to the position and explain how you're working to improve it.

5. @#$%! Granted, profanity seems to be much more accepted in many workplaces today. However, an interview is not the time to demonstrate that you can talk like a pirate.

6. Just a minute; I really need to get this call. It's amazing how many hiring managers and recruiters report that interviewees answer their phones and respond to text messages during in-person interviews. Turn off your phone during interviews and you will not be tempted to reach to answer it.

7. How much vacation time would I get? Never, ever ask questions in an interview that may make it appear that you'll be overly focused on anything other than work.

8. Can I work from home? Even if you're pretty sure the company has a lenient work-from-home policy, the interview isn't the best time to ask about it.

9. Family is the most important thing to me. This is true for many people. However, you do not need to explain how devoted you are to your family during your job interview. It is unlikely to win favor, even in organizations with a well-known family-friendly environment. You want your potential employer to envision you being totally devoted to his or her needs.

When in doubt, pause before you say what's on your mind. If you wonder if it's Ok to ask, assume it's better to avoid the topic altogether.

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GOODSKIPPER

IF .....! applicants have served in the military, much of the offered information wouldn't be needed.
Unfortunately, a lack of acceptable upbringing or military experience,requires the info you offered.
In the past, personality profiles were scrutintized more stringently.
Personality profiling (OH !!! bad word here, PROFILING) via tests ie. MMPI etc weeded out leos desireable candidates. With the advent of "hi-tech" much of the common sense factor has been filtered.
Too many candidates with few, if any, people skills..............

May 01 2013 at 9:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ms.lynn52

What I find odd, is that any interviewer would want answers that they already know are probably not true. I would rather a person be real with me, if I were trying to hire someone, and, I would hope that the person being interviewed would state that their family is most important in thier life. Interviews, like most things in life today, have become so formal, to the point that people can not be real people anymore. Companies are asking people to be fake at interviews.

April 30 2013 at 12:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jbaer10314

Ms. Salpeter should've been with me on my 14-year job hunt. She would've found another 100 things one should never say. Of course, I have Asperger's Syndrome, so...

April 30 2013 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stytlin4u06

What about when the job description doesn't mention what the employer is really looking for? If the employer decides not to go with you, they just say something like,"We were looking for someone with fitness trainer experience" ok but how was I suppose to know that, the job description was for a lawyer? Interviews are a scam!!!

April 24 2013 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robert

10) I think my term as NAMBLA VP clearly shows my leadership ability.

April 23 2013 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harry Hurt

I have worked for my share of jerks. Fortunately, most of them were not. When I lost my job due to labor disputes, I went into business for myself. Much better. The only drawback was that I had to put up with a lot of rowdy kids. I never refer to them as brats, though. I refer to them as "little short sticky people".

April 23 2013 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mitchell

I have interviewed for a couple jobs, where the hiring managers seem to have the issues." [1] Been told that they couldn't get anyone who could pass a drug test." [2] Been told they hired in people in the past, who were NOT a very good fit for their company." [3] Been told about work injuries on the job that I was being considered... [MORE THEN THREE BAD INJURIES LAST MONTH] at one place." [4] Had been told about past employee thefts that happened in and around their company." Could list a few more... but who wants hear it, when you just want a darn job that will pay your bills."

April 23 2013 at 10:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kenyng

#4, When asked "my biggest weakness" I always respond " Babies and Toddlers", which at times has caused the interviewer to become frustrated.....

Stupid question with no value on evaluating a potential employee.

If you can't tell if the candidate is suited for the position in the first 5 minutes of the interview you shouldn't be inrerviewing people.....

April 23 2013 at 10:15 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

I always thank someone for their time, but frankly it's their job to make time for inteviews when hiring, so I really don't feel grateful. I think too much is made out interviews. I once heard someone say that an interviewee should never ask about salary. Why? Salary is the number one reason why we work. It's why I'm there! It's stupid to not mention it especially when companies often do not post them. I want to know if I'm wasting my time or not. Written thank yous.... Why, if I don't have the job? I've done that, and felt awful when I didn't get the job. I prefer thanking them after getting an offer.

April 23 2013 at 9:47 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Howard

Tell them you will work for penuts that will get you the job....

April 23 2013 at 9:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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