You Should Never Say These 5 Things in an Interview (and Why You Shouldn’t).
It’s not uncommon for people to give you advice when you’re going for a job interview. As soon as people find out, they suddenly all become experts in what you should say to increases your chances of landing the position.
But what people often don’t tell you is what you shouldn’t say or ask during the interview.
So, seeing as we here at Drake Recruitment are experts in all things recruitment, we thought we’d be the ones to tell you. Here we’re to highlight some of the biggest no-no’s candidates say during an interview. Bear in mind that these may not be word for word, but more an idea of what they say.
Without further ado, let’s get started with:
To Be Honest, I Hate My Job Now.
Never badmouth your current or previous job. Never ever. Never ever ever. Ok, I think you get the idea.
When you’re being interviewed for a position, they’re not just interviewing you to assess your skills, they’re assessing you as a person. And as soon as you start saying bad things about your previous employer, you’re an immediate red flag to the interviewer. After all, what’s to say you won’t do the same about your potential new employer if you choose to leave the business? This is a risk that interviewers and business will be unlikely to take. Not only this, but your potential new employer may even have ties to your current boss or business. And this can make for a sticky situation if they do…
Bottom line – don’t talk ill of your current employer, even if you’re unhappy in your position. It’s unprofessional, disrespectful, and can be the reason you end up not being offered the job.
So, How Much Does This Job Pay?
Yes, this is a valid question you want the answer to. But as tempting as it may be, do not ask this.
In many ways, job interviews are like a boxing match. Come out swinging with questions from the off, and you’ll likely burn out too quickly. However, if you stand off too much and don’t engage, you’ll get battered with questions. Ultimately, you have to find your balance of what to ask, and what to be told. This can be hard to master but can be crucial to you succeeding. If you need help with mastering the art of nailing a job interview, check out our Ultimate Job Interview Guide.
We’re not saying you shouldn’t ask questions, far from it. Questions show that you’re engaging with the interviewer and showing an interest. However, you’ll just have to bite your lip on this one. After all, it’s not as if you’ll apply for the role, participate in the interview, be offered the job, and start your first day without pay being mentioned. It’s just polite that it’s not you that mentions it.
Pay will be discussed when the interviewer feels it’s necessary. You’re there to prove to them you’re the right person for the job, so do that by not asking the pay rate.
When the interviewer mentions pay, go ahead. Then is the time to talk about it. Just make sure you’re not the one to ask.
I’ll Do Any Job to Be Honest.
You may be desperate for work, and there’s no shame in that. But no matter what, you never say this. Imagine the interview as a poker game – you don’t want to give away your hand. You’ll need a poker face.
When an employer hires a new employee for a permanent role, they’re not just trying to fill a position, they’re investing in your potential. In most situations, they’ll weigh up your skills and your potential to hire the best candidate. So, when they hear that you’re desperate for work and that you’ll do anything, it starts the alarm bells ringing. Why are you currently not employed? Why are you so desperate for work? Etc.
If they’re going to pay your wages, they want to hear why you want that role, not just any role. This is why you should never say you’re desperate or will do any job. Even if this may be the case, rather than telling the interviewer that you’ll take any role, tell them why you want the specific role you’re being interviewed for.
I Don’t Have Any Weaknesses.
If you genuinely have no weaknesses, you wouldn’t be the one being interviewed. Chances are, you wouldn’t even be the one interviewing. You’d be the richest person in the world, with everything you touch turning to gold. So, I’m sorry to say, yes you do have weaknesses. But that’s not a bad thing! And here’s why you shouldn’t say this:
Everybody has weaknesses. The interviewer, you, the receptionist, everybody. And not identifying your weaknesses is a bad thing.
If you’re able to identify your weaknesses, not only does it show honesty, but it can be turned into a positive. For example, if you’re not as experienced in previous similar jobs, you can explain how this weakness can be converted into a positive, as you can be trained to do the job exactly how the employer would like.
Turning weaknesses into positives is the best strategy here. So, the best approach is to identify any weaknesses you may have before the interview and prepare your answers. This is likely to impress an interviewer and increase your chances of landing the role.
I’d Ace This Job in All Fairness. It Sounds Easy.
No matter the position, role, hours, or responsibility, you should never say this to an interviewer.
Yes, we understand that the position or job may, in fact, be easy. But to say this directly to the interviewer or at any point during the interview is disrespectful. And if you come across as disrespectful during your interview, chances are you won’t land the job.
No matter the level of skill or qualifications you have, never boast how easy you would find the role of position.
There’s a difference between explaining how your current level of skill or experience will help you fulfil the role with a high level of accuracy and coming across as straight-out cocky. Not to mention how bad it looks if you brag about the job being easy, only to fail at any point.
Treat every job interview the same. Show the employer why they can’t afford to not employ you. After all, it’s better to be offered the job and turn it down than to disrespect both the interviewer and the business by telling them you’d find the job ‘too easy’.
There you have it, 5 things you should never say during a job interview. Now you know what not to say, how about you start applying for some positions?
Thanks for reading, and good luck at your next interview!