Don’t worry— you’re definitely not the only person who gets nervous in a job interview. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous than in a job interview. So it can be easy to mix up your words. But don’t worry, interviews expect you to be nervous and won’t hold it against you. That being said, there are some things that you definitely don’t want to say in a job interview. Because no matter how good of a candidate you are, there are certain things that will make you look like a jerk right off the bat.
Even though most of them are common sense, you’d be surprised at how many people think it’s OK to go in and start complaining about their last boss or making it sound like they’re too good for the position. You really don’t want to come across as cocky, so make sure that you stay humble and polite throughout. As long as you don’t act like a total jerk, then the interview will go OK despite of your nerves. So try to take a few deep breaths, relax, and remember what a great candidate you are. And then just remember not to say any of these things. I promise, it’s easier than it seems.
1. Don't Be Rude About Your Old Boss
... it's a big indicator of what you're like to work with. Even if they were awful, be polite and try to stay positive.
2. Don't Say You're A Perfectionist
Seriously. We can all see right through that— along with you 'work too hard' and 'care too much'. Just come up with a real weakness.
3. Don't Fight About Salary
Make sure that you get the job, then you can negotiate.
4. Don't Admit You Haven't Researched The Company
I mean, you really should have researched it. But even if you haven't, for the love of god pretend that you have.
5. Don't Say That You Didn't Like Your Old Job
You're moving on for new and exciting opportunities, that's it.
6. And Avoid Anything That Sounds Like You've Got The Job
You really don't want to come across as arrogant. If you imply that you're starting Monday, it's going to be awkward.
7. Don't Say That You're So Sorry You're Late
Don't. Be. Late.
8. Or That You're Desperate For Anything
You want to sound passionate about their company. Not just like you'll go anywhere— even if you will.
9. Don't Admit That It's Just A Placeholder
Maybe you're just looking for something until you get your big break or the job you really want— that's totally fine. But don't say it, because you'll put them off. Just act polite and interested.
Job interview can be totally nerve-wracking, but the truth is that they're mostly common sense. You just need to make yourself seem like the right fit for that company and that job. So don't be rude about any of your other working situations and show that you've done a little bit of research. Lastly, don't jump in there like you've got the job— that won't look good at all. Instead, just seem eager and polite. It's easier than you think.
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