For some, the start of the New Year signals the desire to get a new job. As soon as the Christmas and New Year celebrations are over, eager candidates will begin applying for positions with the hope of securing a new position quickly. If you’re one of these people, you will no doubt be delighted once you get a call (or email) for an interview.
Now, unless you’re calmness personified, interviews are a nervous experience. The journey to the interview will most likely be a breeze but anxiety will usually kick in as you wait to get called in. Once the interview starts, you will naturally become very mindful of what you’re saying to prevent damaging your chances of landing the job by uttering the wrong thing(s). While there are a few things to avoid, we’ve picked out the top three things you should never say in an interview:
“I don’t know much about the company.”
Whatever interview you’re in, you’ll almost certainly be asked some questions about the company you’re applying to work for. The worst thing you can do is walk into the interview without conducting some research – at the very least, you should have some knowledge of the company’s history, clients, revenue and offices (if they have more than one). This not only shows poor preparation but also a lack of interest in the company you’re supposedly eager to work for.
“I dislike my former colleagues.”
No matter how bad the relationship was with your previous manager or colleagues, the last thing you want to do is say that in the interview. This will look bad and comes across as disloyal. In this situation, honesty is not the best policy. If you’re asked a question relating to your manager or colleagues, respond with politeness.
“I don’t have any questions to ask.”
After the interviewer has asked you all their questions, they will invariably ask if you have any questions to ask them. If you say “you don’t”, it will once again shows a lack of interest. The best thing to do here is ask about the company structure, their goals for the year and any other relevant questions to demonstrate you’re seriousness in the company and the position.
If you avoid saying above statements, remain calm throughout the interview and answer each question with confidence and intelligence, you’ll no doubt give yourself the best chance of impressing the interviewer and securing the job.
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