Zip Your Lip!
With job markets being more competitive than ever, it is very hard to get an interview. So once you have actually landed an interview and are in front of potential employers you wouldn’t want to lose your job with an ill-chosen comment.
Sadly, some job hunters still do not think before they speak. One particular candidate was heard replying “Because my mum thought it was a good idea” when asked why he wanted the job?In some of the interviews the candidates have answered very casually. When asked about why they have applied for the job, employers have gotten answers such as “because it will pay the rent while I look for a job I really want to do” hamper chances of employment.
Here is a list of things that you should never say in a job interview.
1.‘Sorry I’m late!’ It is the most common line which an interviewer hears. Isn’t it obvious that the company wouldn’t want you to come 20 minutes late every morning?
2. ‘What’s your annual leave and sickness policy?’ It doesn’t look good when the candidates ask such a question before being hired. It seems like they are planning their absence before joining in.
3. I’ll just take this call.” It is never OK to take telephone calls, texts etc during an interview. Let alone announcing that you need to take a call because it is more important than the interview itself.
4. When asked, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” never say, “With a car, a bungalow, the latest iphone…” They don’t want to know how you plan to spend your salary. Also saying another companies name is a bad idea.
5.”My previous employer wasn’t good.” No matter how bad your experience might have been, speaking badly of a previous employer is not only unprofessional, but also reflects on your character. Your new employer will contact your former employer for references following an interview, so it’s never wise to burn your bridges.
6.”You make socks? I thought you made cricket bats.” Failing to research your prospective employer fully is a big negative point. Saying you’ve looked at their website is only marginally better – employers expect far more research on the company which your willing to join.
7.”Bloody hell!” Never use slang words in your interview especially if your interviewer is themselves plentiful with the profanities, you are not there for a laugh, remain professional at all times.
8.”I was very good at sorting stuff by using TDQ.” Assuming that the interviewer knows industry jargon and can guess what you meant is taking a chance. Instead, speak clearly about your thoughts, skills and experience to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.
9.”Do I really have to wear that uniform?” Criticizing a staff uniform or other company standardization is being rude. Do you think the interviewer enjoys wearing that fluorescent green jumpsuit when they performed your role? So be very careful with your negative comments.
10.When asked, “What do you expect to enjoy most about this role?” never say the perks, the pay, the lunchtime breaks, my house is close by or the holidays. Talk about how the job position will enrich your life.