The thought of having a job interview tend to create some level of tension in job candidates. For most people, it’s the anxiety of what the interview panel would look like, what questions would be asked and what should be the appropriate response. It is this anxiety of what to say that makes many interview candidates say things that can be to their detriment.
At your next job interview, watch out that you do not say any of the following 5 things:
1. What is your company all about?
It is expected of you that before coming for the interview, you should have requisite information on the company to know what they do and their history. What line of business they are into, their vision and goals, and other such information. This is basic. You might call that INTERVIEW 101 – fail it and you fail all. Go online or talk to an employee in the organisation.
2. The last place I worked was so bad
Truly, the last place you worked was really bad you had to leave, but when you appear before an interview panel, never ever badmouth the last company you worked. The message you would be sending to this would-be employer is that you will do the same to them when you leave. Learn to be discrete and keep your tone between neutral and positive in answering questions. Talk about the positive experiences you had while there and what more you hope to learn here should you be employed.
3. It’s on my CV
Saying such is an indirect way of saying the person asking you a question for which you have provided the answer on your CV is daft. What you should do is to answer the question and politely draw their attention to the section of your CV/Resume where you have provided the information. And don’t forget that the reason for asking a question for which you have provided information may just be that they want you to explain more beyond what you have written which space may not have allowed you to really explain or express.
4. I don’t know
Sure nobody is perfect and no one knows it all. Equally true is the fact that no matter how much you prepare for an interview, you could still meet a question that may throw you off balance, but to out rightly say “I don’t know” is rarely the right approach. You could pause a bit to think about the question or repeat the question to the panel while you allow your mind to ruminate on the best way to approach the question. Your answer may not be absolutely right, but don’t forget that what the panel is looking for is really your ability to reason, not necessarily that you give the right answer to all the questions they ask you.
5. Uhm…, like…, you know…
As much as possible, reduce or eliminate completely fillers word such as “Uhm”, “Like” “You know” from your vocabulary. The use of such words makes you look unprofessional or that you don’t know what you are doing. This may also pass a message to the interview panel that you may not be able to deliver on the job, especially if the job requires meeting people.