Top tips of what to not say in a job interview
This week an article caught our eye which explores what not to say in a job interview and we thought it would be interesting to report what these are.
A job interview can be the most stressful part of the recruitment process. The feel of being one wrong statement away from losing a job can make even the strongest candidate nervous. When you're preparing for your interview, here are some things you should remember:
1) Don't ask about salary or benefits. You should have some idea of what you want in the way of salary, because the interviewer may ask about your expectations there. But never bring it up unless you're asked about it directly. You don't want the interviewer thinking that all you're interested in is a paycheque.
2) Don't criticise your former employers. Even if you had a genuinely bad work experience, trashing a former employer will make you look unprofessional and disloyal. If the interviewer asks if you've had trouble in former jobs, keep your answer short and move on.
3) If you're asked about your weaknesses, don't claim to have none, and don't try saying, "Well, I work too hard." That's a clichéd evasion that will have the interviewer rolling his or her eyes. Mention some area where you want to improve yourself instead, as long as it's not something that's critical to the job.
4) If you're asked if you have any questions, don't say "no." Study the company and the position beforehand and prepare some questions. You might consider asking about the processes they use, their expectations for the position, what you would be doing on a typical day on the job, or what happened to the previous job holder.
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