You spend so much time planning how you are going to answer questions at job interviews, but sometimes what you don’t say is even more important. Saying the wrong thing at a job interview can be an instant deal breaker. Here are five things that you should never say to a potential employer:
“What I hated about my last job was…”
When you are negative about past jobs, managers, or coworkers, the employer will usually see it as a reflection on you. While you may feel like you are justified in your feelings, to an employer it will just sound like you have a bad attitude.
“I don’t have experience with that…”
Never say that you can’t do something at a job interview. If they ask about something that you have no experience with, discuss your knowledge, transferable skills and enthusiasm for learning new things.
“I have excellent problem solving skills…”
While problem solving and communications skills are important, everybody claims to possess them. Since these statements are so vague, they are weak. Instead, provide the employer with examples of difficult problems that you have solved in your career.
“Can you tell me more about the perks and vacation time?”
The employer wants to find a candidate who is enthusiastic about the job itself. While it’s natural to want to know what benefits you might receive, there will be plenty of time to ask those questions after you receive an offer.
“I just heard about this company yesterday…”
Even if you have applied to hundreds of jobs, you don’t want the employer to know that. Make the employer feel like this job is your number one goal. Take the time to research the company so that you can demonstrate that you understand their problems and that you are the best person to solve them.
The secret to succeeding at job interviews is to put yourself in the employer’s position. Before you say anything, think about how you would perceive it if you were at the other end of the table. At the end of the day, every employer is looking for a positive and enthusiastic candidate who is an excellent fit for both the job and the organization.
(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Idea go at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)