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5 Phrases You Should Never Say In An Interview

24th October 2019

5 Phrases You Should Never Say In An Interview

Job interviews are amongst the most stressful situations you will ever have to go through, especially if this is not something you’ve done too often. When you have to deal with stressful situations, you may end up saying things that are not necessarily appropriate, especially for the first discussion you have with a potential employer.

Most people make the mistake of sharing too much personal information, or simply being too honest and forgetting that, above all, a job interview is about selling yourself well. Have you ever seen an advertisement talking about the bad traits of a product? Of course not, because the company is trying to sell the product by advertising its qualities.

While, sometimes, you can manage to get out of awkward or slightly inappropriate situations, by simply clarifying what you meant to say, job interviews are not exactly the place to practice your abilities to escape uncomfortable circumstances. To keep yourself out of trouble, try to always keep the focus of the discussion on your qualifications and skills. And never, ever, say any of the following phrases.

Phrase #1: “I hate my current job”

While it is ok to say that you don’t feel your current job suits you, or that you have decided to change your career, never talk about how much you despise your current job. You should try to keep negativity out of the conversation. Companies are not interested in people who are going to talk about them the very next chance they get. Instead of talking bad about your current position, emphasize the skills you have developed from working there and how those skills are going to help you in your future collaboration.

You may think that only the inexperienced make mistakes like this, but you would be surprised to know that – when attempting to express their desire to land the new position – interviewees end up badmouthing their current job, which often translates badly.

Phrase #2: “My current/past boss/company is the worst”

Like I said above, talking badly about your current employer or manager will translate poorly on you, not on the company. It will make the interviewer think you will do the same about them and that’s not what you want. No matter how bad you have been treated or how displeased you are with the actions of your current boss, you should try to keep things as neutral as possible.

When asked about why you want to leave your job, speak more about what convinced you to apply to this new position, rather than the negative traits of your current employer. Try to put it in a good light, to show professionalism and good manners. You don’t want to come off as hard to manage or give the impression that you are ready to talk poorly about anything that displeases you.

Phrase #3: “It’s on my resume”

The hiring manager has read your resume and is aware of what’s on it, so if they ask you to talk about a particular experience or skill, use this as an opportunity to sell yourself. They want to know more than those few words you wrote down and are looking for a way to evaluate your communication skills. If you can’t speak for 1 minute about your experience, did you really understand or care about your activity?

To get a chance to talk more in person, than on paper, pay attention to the way you write your resume – and cover letter, if necessary. Don’t overcrowd it with information that is not relevant to the job you are applying for. The interviewer will most likely not want to know all about that time you worked as a bartender in college. You can use services such as CV Maker, Grab My Essay, BestEssayEducation or Visual CV to help you come out with a professional-looking resume.

Phrase #4: “What do you do around here?”

The first thing you want to do before even considering applying to a job is to do your research about the company. When you walk inside the interviewer’s office, you need to show that you have done your homework and you are interested in the company altogether, not just in the job you are applying for. Don’t only look at their website, but make sure to check their Facebook or LinkedIn pages as well. This is where you’ll get the chance to find out more about the company’s culture and the way they like to be perceived by the public.

You may think that no sane person would go to an interview without knowing at least a few important details about the company. However Marsha Brown, an HR specialist at Studicus, argues it happens quite often. “I can’t tell you how many times we have interviewed potential candidates that had no idea what our services actually are. They took one look at our website and assumed we are here to write essays for students who are too busy to write them by themselves. They had no idea we also do editing, press releases, product reviews, and personal statements, for example. Needless to say, they were not called back for a second meeting.” she says.

Phrase #5: “I can take on whatever job you have”

Hiring managers are looking for candidates who are passionate about their job, who are willing to make a career out of it and, most importantly, people who know what they are doing. Coming out at an interview and saying you are basically going to accept any kind of job they have vacant shows nothing but desperation and lack of motivation.

Even if the events happening in your life are pushing you to accept any type of job – as long as you get paid – don’t tell the employee that. Instead, take some time to do some research about the position, find out what the job description is and match that to your skills.

At the same time, don’t apply to jobs that have nothing to do with your qualifications, as there will be little chance for you to get the job. You will end up wasting time and energy and coming out disappointed.

Job interviews are hard, even for the most prepared of candidates and, when you are under a lot of stress, it can be quite easy to say something you will later regret. Badmouthing your current employer, not doing your research about the company or job you are applying for, as well as being ready to accept any kind of position they might have available, are all signs or either desperation or sloppiness – and employers don’t like that.


Nicole D. Garrison is a devoted contributor at TrustMyPaper, as well as other websites that specialise in marketing and human resources. Her success comes as a result of the hard work she puts into detail, research, and accuracy, in every piece of content that she writes. In her free time, Nicole likes to jog and spend time in nature. For quite some time now, she has also started running a personal blog, called LiveInspiredMagazine.





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