In a job interview, having a great idea on what not to say is a critical factor. It is the same as knowing what to say, but, of a greater magnitude. What you say and how you present it, enables the interviewer determine if you’re worthy enough for their company.
In this case, the interviewer has already gone through your resume, it’s your turn now ,to make a physical impression. Sadly, every or most sentence you produce during the interview is going to be a part of that impression. Adequate preparation for an interview would steer you clear off the wrong statement you were going to unconsciously make.
In order not to throw away your chance of making the interview, you would want to avoid these statements;
1) “I Don’t Have Questions”: Every interviewer will ask you if you have questions. They really do expect you to have questions. Responding with “I don’t have questions”, doesn’t present you well. Not professionally. It is of an essential purpose that you prepare adequately before the interview. Therefore, an important aspect of preparing for the interview, is thinking of and gathering up of meaningful questions. This shows interest.
2)”I Didn’t Like My Previous Boss”: Some interviewers would ask questions concerning your previous boss, why you left your previous ,why you’re looking for a new job, etc. Approaching these questions in a way of not saying negative things about your previous boss or job, would pose you professional and positive, regardless of the situation. Positive answers to this particular questions would surely give the interviewer a confident mindset towards you, as they would be sure enough that you wouldn’t say anything negative about them in the future either.
3) “ I’m Obviously Nervous”: Confidence is an important part of an interview. Admitting that you’re nervous, does not in any way prove confidence. You rather say “I’m excited”. Saying this instead, doesn’t only sends a relief down your spine, it totally sends a better message.
Excitement is researched to be contagious, so it would definitely make the interviewer excited about you as well.
4) “I Don’t Have The Experience”: A lot of interview candidates, have little or no experience in the position or role they are employed. It doesn’t matter. Even if you have little or no experience at all, make sure not to go out of line to talk about it. Instead, try to mention your strengths and even responsibilities in other jobs you think will relate the role you’re applying for.
5) A Lie: Don’t lie to your interviewer. Never think of lying at all, regardless the situation. Lying isn’t a good virtue. Not even in the normal aspect of life. Companies or even organizations surely have their way of investigating their employees. It is an absolute red flag, with a lot of disadvantages.
No company wants to employ a liar.
6) “How Did I Do”: At the end of an interview, confidence in your skills is always important to enunciate. If you have really prepared well enough conducting researches on the organization, and have even convinced the interviewer well enough, on how well you would be the perfect fit for the role, then you’re good to go.
Trust your skills , an interview isn’t an avenue to express doubts or fear. Ponder on selling your skills and talents you trust you would bring to the company.
7) Unprofessional Language:It is very important to showcase your professionalism during the interview. A good way you can do this is to use professional language. This doesn’t really mean you need to use vernacular but rather that you should try to stay away from unprofessional language. Slangs, vulgar and filter words “like” or “um“.
Always take your time to think about your response and place focus on speaking fluently and clearly.