If you’ve made it to the job interview, chances are you’ve worked hard to get there. You’ve polished up your resume and cover letter, prepared for the interview and are now in front of the hiring manager. Here’s where you impress the hiring manager and convince him/her that you’re the person for the job.
Either due to poor job interview preparation, overconfidence or just sheer nerves, there are so many things that could go wrong at an interview. Namely wrong things that you can say.
Here are 7 of the worst things you could say at a job interview:
1) “I’m going to need to take these days off” or “how much vacation do I get”
This makes it sound like you are not interested in the job and already want a break before you get started.
2) “I’m not really a people person”
Whether you will be working completely on your own or in a group setting, you never want to give the impression that you are not a team player. The ability to work with others is often one of the most important requirements for any job. You’ll have to interact with people in some form at any job, so you want to give the impression that you’re pleasant.
3) “I see myself in your job in 5 years”
Answering the question ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years’ is actually a very delicate situation. You should answer this question with just the right balance of ambition, sincerity and aspiration to work for this particular company. Saying you want to take over the hiring manager’s job is just conceited and he/she can either be offended or threatened.
4) “I hated my last boss”
Refrain from expressing negativity in an interview. Nobody wants a pessimist joining their company. No matter how horrible your previous boss was, find something positive to say. After all, the interviewer could very well be your next boss.
5) “Nope, I don’t have any questions”
By telling an interviewer you have no questions, what you’re saying is that you’re not interested enough to want to know more. You should ALWAYS have questions. Now, I’m not recommending that you fire off 25 questions, but ask about 2 or 3 good ones pertaining to the company, particular department, expectations from the person in this position, etc. Here are 7 smart questions to ask the interviewer.
6) “So, when do I start?”
There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. This is just plain arrogant! Never assume that you aced the interview and if you do, keep it to yourself. Instead, take the opportunity to tell the interviewer why you are interested in this position and why you feel you’re the right person for the job. Remember that you are selling yourself.
7) “I really hope I get this job, I need it”
It’s always good to be enthusiastic and positive, but if you show desperation the interviewer will wonder why. Giving off a rejection vibe will give the impression that other companies don’t want you so why should this one?