Not That You Would, But Never Say These Things!

John Krautzel
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It's important for applicants to connect with hiring managers on a professional level during a job interview. How you carry yourself matters. However, if you get too comfortable and answer interview questions informally, it could hurt your chances of nabbing a job offer. Improve your chances of employment by avoiding these phrases when meeting with a potential employer.

What Does Your Company Do?

Job candidates who are not prepared for a job interview can easily ruin their chances of landing job offer, and they might also damage their credibility. Never ask a hiring manager about the products and services they offer, because this shows that you have not done your research. It also indicates that you were not diligent in preparing for the opportunity. Instead, do your research on the company's operations, accomplishments and culture before even walking in the door. Then, ask questions about specific processes the company uses or recent successes to reveal you have done your homework.

I Just Need the Money

Honesty is a respectful trait, but if you tell a potential employer that you only applied for the position to boost your finances, you can pretty much kiss the opportunity goodbye. Hiring managers already know that financial security is an important factor to consider when applying for any position, but if you focus primarily on money during a job interview, it appears that you are not interested in any other aspect of the position. Ask salary questions after the interview, and focus on highlighting your unique skills, experience and qualifications to show that you deserve a fair salary offer if chosen for the job.

I Know I Might Not Be Qualified

Confidence is crucial during a job interview. If you admit to your faults and weaknesses right away, you are telling the hiring manager that you are not confident in your skills and abilities. Instead of letting the employer know that you are underqualified or lack some key skills, focus on the areas where you excel and any transferable skills you developed while working in other industries.

My Last Boss Was Terrible

Even if you're seeking new employment because your current boss is unprofessional and rude, don't mention him when interviewing for a new position. You never know whether or not the hiring manager is acquainted with this boss. In addition, bad mouthing professionals in the field makes you look petty. If you are asked interview questions about your previous supervisors, focus on their positive traits and what you learned from each one during the job interview.

In order to put your best foot forward, spend ample time preparing for the job interview. Pay close attention to how you present yourself, and keep the correspondence positive to improve your chances of getting hired

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  • Christine Noga
    Christine Noga

    Always focus on what you CAN bring to the table! That way they can see the value you WILL bring. This way both sides of the table will be excited about the new energy you can bring to the company.

  • Lynn LeBean
    Lynn LeBean

    Great advice!

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