Job interviews are tough business. It’s all about showing why you’re right for the position— that you have a great personality, a solid skill set, and that you would be a great addition to the team. To avoid blowing your chance at landing a new gig, there are some phrases you should never say during an interview.
First impressions can be a make it or break it for an interview, but so can certain statements. Prepare for an interview beforehand with research, practice, and knowing what phrases are off limits.
Refrain from any questions or comments related to benefits. These are areas of discussion once a company decides to move forward with a candidate. To make sure you showcase your awesome abilities and impress the interviewer, here are some other phrases you should never say during an interview.
“I’m really nervous” They say, honesty is the best policy, but in this case, refrain from letting others know you’re nervous. No interviewer wants to hire someone who lacks confidence or doesn’t know how to control nerves.
“What does your company do?” Research the company before you even apply. Having a solid understanding of the company will give you a better idea of if you want to work for the company. It will also give you an advantage in an interview as you’ll be prepared and have specific questions related to the company and position.
“I’ll do whatever” This can be a big red flag. Companies are looking for candidates who are passionate about a role and are excited for the position in question. Apply for roles in a specific area you’re interested so interviewers can see your excitement.
“I don’t know.” Being honest is a great trait, but when you say, “I don’t know” this can be a red flag. It can mean you give up quickly, so do your best to answer the question to the best of your ability. It’s better to respond even if you are unsure. It is also a great way to put your communication skills to the test.
“I don’t have any questions for you.” Having your own set of interview questions is key for a successful interview. It shows you have prepared for the meeting but also shows interest in the company and position. Bring a set of questions that are important to you and your job happiness and display your knowledge about the company.
“I didn’t get along with my boss” Speaking poorly of previous employers is never a good idea. This can indicate to an interviewer that you’re hard to get along with or you may not be able to handle tough situations. This can also lead to hiring managers wondering if you will speak poorly about the company or team if you are hired. Instead, keep your response neutral and somewhat positive.
“I have no weaknesses” Be prepared to answer the interview question “what are your weaknesses?” While it can be uncomfortable to talk about flaws, no one is perfect. Be honest in your response and share a flaw that you’re aware of and trying to overcome.