What NOT TO SAY at a job interview

DSC_0089According to a majority of hiring managers, one of the most common interview mistakes is: Talking TOO Much.  With that in mind, let’s spend the next few minutes reflecting the concept of “talking” and what it means to talk too much (or about irrelevant things).

A mistake made by rookie candidates (okay, seasoned ones too) is to get sidetracked and start talking about personal life issues, no matter how warm or welcoming the interviewer may be.  In other words simply answer the question and keep your answers to the point and focused.  Truth is, sharing the wrong thing makes it easier for the hiring manager to reject your candidacy.

Subjects such as spouse, home life, or your adorable children are topics falling into the area invading too much info. Rule is, an interview is a professional situation – not a personal one. With professional sitting center stage, examples of things not to say include the following:

  • How much does this job pay or when does paid off begin?
  • I hate my current employer.
  • I didn’t like my previous boss. Talking bad about your previous employer gives your interviewer the impression you are difficult to manage.
  • I am not aware of any weaknesses.
  • How many vacation days will I get?
  • I don’t have any questions for you.
  • In five years I’ll have your job.
  • When responding to: “Tell me about yourself.” Do not answer talking about your place of birth, experiences in grade school, or bad relationships.
  • When responding to:Why do you want to leave your current job? Do not say you want to leave your company because of anything relating to pay or benefits.
  • When responding to:How would your current or former colleagues describe you? Avoid responses like; “the only employee who did things right” or “a great guy to hang out with after work.”

Many hiring managers suggest candidates who seem perfect get crossed off the list by saying something senseless, irrelevant, or discriminatory.  In general, do your best to avoid discussing personal dislikes or negative comments.

CC Tip of the day: After answering questions, stop any inclination to ramble.

Once you interview successfully, thank the hiring manager for their time and follow up with a thank you note.  Good luck on your job search.

Your CC Connection


8 thoughts on “What NOT TO SAY at a job interview”

  1. This helped me greatly because I have a habit or rambling on when I get nervous. Some questions from employers are hard to answer and this gave some good examples of exactly what not to say. Thanks!

  2. This article was very informative. I learned something that I have been doing wrong! I will learn from my mistakes and never say I don’t have any questions! Thanks for the great advise! Good Job!

  3. This was very informative, for someone like me who has been on the same job for 10 yrs. and is about embark on a new adventure I will use these very useful tips. Thank you for good advice.

  4. Great information to share! Regardless of age, I have always been nervous at interviews and meeting new people. Even though I have tendency to ramble, I always try and keep to the the point and not divulge too much information. There is definitely a time and place to have certain discussions.

    1. So true when it comes to the slippery slope rambling has a tendency to induce. Many potential candidates lose out simply because of saying too much… there is truth to this blog and I appreciate your insight.

  5. I find this post to be very helpful. Knowing what to say or not to say on an interview is important to know, especially if your trying to prove your the best candidate for the job.

  6. This has help me realize that what I’m thinking is over thinking and over thinking causes me to over speak to the interviewer.

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