Few things in life strike as much excitement and simultaneous dread as a job interview. Conflicting emotions and bad choices abound in everything—from the outfit you wear, to the words you say during the interview. The basis for all of this turmoil is that the interview can make or break your chances. Regardless of how many successful interview tips or online training courses are out there to help you get ahead on your career, candidates continue to say the wrong things to potential employers. Don’t be another victim—here are three things to never say in your next job interview:
“I Really Need This Job!”
This may sound harsh, but your potential employer is not really interested in your needs right now. He or she is interested in what the company needs. What do they need? They need a person who will consistently get the job done. This is not to say that all employers won’t take the needs of their employees into consideration, but you are not their employee yet. You are an outsider who is there to offer something to the company.
Instead of the whiny, “I really need this job,” a better tactic is to explain why the job and the company are attractive to you. Do not assume the interviewer knows that you want the job. People go to job interviews for many reasons. These reasons do not necessarily mean that the individual is passionate about that particular company and is ready to give his or her best efforts. Make sure the interviewer knows that you want the job for the right reasons.
“So What Exactly Does This Company Do Anyway?”
This is not how you show your interest—this is how you show your ignorance. Before you arrive at a job interview, you should know as much as you possibly can about that company. You should have researched that company and spoken to employees. Instead of asking this question, share some of the information you have gleaned in your research. Drop interesting facts that will prove that you have already done some homework. Use these facts to explain why you are ideal for this job.
“No, I Don’t Have Any Questions For You.”
This is like going on a first date and saying, “No thanks, I don’t really want to know anything about you.” If you are interested, you’re going to have questions—and not questions about money or benefits. That information will come later, or that’s something you should have found in your research already. It’s good to ask questions about new areas that the company is involved in. Those inside the company will be excited about these new conquests and will want to talk about it. The interviewer will appreciate that you are showing interest in how they are growing.
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