If you have been interested in a job, and by submitting your resume you have managed to move on to the next phase, i.e. the interview, congratulations! Now you have the opportunity to show the interviewer the qualities you possess .
Making a good impression during the interview will be decisive if you really want to prove your worth, as it will indicate, in the eyes of the recruiter, whether or not you are suitable for a position to which you aspire. Therefore, during this short period of time, you need to show the best of yourself , and you need to use your words well, because what you say can cause a good or bad image about who you are and what you can bring to the company.
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Things not to say during a job interview
In today’s article, we have made a list of 7 things you should not say during a job interview .
1. I have no defects
A classic job interview question is, “Can you tell me one flaw and one virtue you possess?” It is advisable to have this question ready, because it is always better to say some defect in addition to your virtues . If you say that you have no defects, the interviewer will think that you are lying, so he or she may interpret that you are not a sincere person. Will you love an employee who is not sincere in your company? Probably not.
If you are asked this question during an interview, a correct answer would be: “Sometimes I am a bit of a perfectionist. I don’t like to leave tasks half done.” In this way, you mention a possible defect, but which may even be positive for the company.
2. What does your company do?
Another common question in a job interview is: “Do you know our organization? If you didn’t know much about the company when you were called for the job interview, that’s normal. But if you are really interested in the job, after knowing that they have been interested in your profile, you will have done some online research to find out what they do: what their product is, who their customers are , etc.
They usually explain to you what the company is about. However, if this is not the case, do not be the one to ask what the company does, especially if you have said that you are very motivated with the idea of working with them. Certainly, if you don’t know anything about the organization, you won’t seem very interested in getting the job .
3. How long does it take you to promote employees?
It is completely normal that you want to be part of a company that takes into account the possibility of employees growing within the organization and being able to move up in the positions that the company offers.
Now, when they are interested in your profile, they usually do so for a vacant position. If, for example, the position they are offering is that of cashier, it does not make much sense that you would already want to be a supervisor . Even if you think about it, this is not the time to say so. The time will come.
4. During my vacation in Thailand…
In skills interviews, it is common for the interviewer to ask you questions so that you can tell a story that makes it clear which skills you have mastered. For example, a recruiter may ask you, “Tell me how you solved a serious problem at your last job.
Stories are a good way to connect with the interviewer and are also ideal for explaining how you behave in a certain context. However, during a job interview you don’t have much time to explain your strengths. Put aside irrelevant things and get to the point.
5. I don’t like teamwork
Teamwork is one of the competencies that companies currently value the most , because when you work effectively in a team, synergy appears, that is, the efforts made by the members of the organisation are strengthened, increasing the efficiency of the results.
Also, if you don’t like to work in a team because you have poor social skills and you come into conflict with other colleagues, this can have negative consequences not only on your performance, but also on the performance of the organization. Therefore, never say that you don’t like teamwork, because the interviewer can quickly dismiss your profile.
If you want to know more about teamwork, you can take a look at our article: “The 5 benefits of teamwork”
6. Ugh, in my last company…
No matter how bad you had a hard time or how bad you ended up in the last job, never use the job interview to let them down and criticize them . That can work against you, because if you leave the new company one day, you might behave the same way.
So keep a positive and neutral attitude despite your grudges, and focus on what you learned and the experience you gained in that company.
7. I didn’t get along with my boss
Similar to the previous point, never criticize your previous boss . Even if your last supervisor made life impossible for you at your previous job, better to bury the past and let it go.
Also, mentioning this during a job interview can lead the interviewer to ask compromising questions, so in the end you will have a hard time getting out of this situation. This may lead the recruiter to decide against you.
Common errors during a job interview
In addition to the things you should never say during a job interview, there are certain behaviors or habits you should skip when you are in front of the interviewer. Being late, dressing inappropriately, or interrupting the interviewer are some examples.
If you want to know more about the behaviors you should avoid during a job interview, you can read our article: “Job Interviews: The 10 most frequent mistakes”