Your next big interview is around the corner, and you’ve scanned Google for all of the tips you can get. While you’ve learned a lot about formulating the perfect answers to the most popular questions, you don’t feel one-hundred percent ready. That’s why we’ve taken a different approach! We’ve done the research and compiled all of our knowledge from years and years of experience. Here are four things you should never say in an interview.
#1: I don’t know
During your interview, you will be asked a series of questions to help the potential employer get to know you better. These questions could range anywhere from “Tell me about yourself” to “What would you do if…” And we’ll let you in on a little secret. Some of them will leave you stumped! In this case, you should never, and we mean NEVER, respond with “I don’t know.” If you are not sure what they are asking, try responding with one of these!
“To be honest, I’m not very familiar with _____ – but it’s definitely something I would be open to learning more about!”
“That’s an interesting question! Would you mind going a little further into detail so that I can get a better understanding of what you mean?”
Sometimes, you might be surprised to have been asked a question, but you know you can think of an answer with a little more time. Here are some phrases that will help buy you a few extra seconds!
“That’s a great question. Let me think about it for a moment.”
“What is my biggest weakness? (PAUSE) My biggest weakness is…”
#2: My last employer did this…
There’s a good chance you will be asked a question that requires you to talk about your current or previous job. This could be “Why do you want to leave your job?” or “Tell me about a time you disagreed with a boss.” In this case, you will need to carefully construct an answer that doesn’t shed a negative light on that company. Here’s why! You are being asked a question like this to show how well you work with others and respect authority.
If you speak down on an employer, it will show the interviewer that you probably aren’t a team player and won’t have a good attitude about working there!
#3: I am a perfectionist
You’ve probably already been preparing to list your biggest weakness – and some websites or people would tell you that this is a great answer. It’s not. Your goal in responding to this is to frame yourself in the most positive way possible. But you don’t want to come off as ingenuine! Here are some helpful tips in planning for this answer.
Choose a weakness that wouldn’t hinder your ability to succeed in that particular position.
After listing your weakness, talk about the effort you’ve made to work on it and HOW.
#4: I don’t have any questions
Your last question in the interview will most likely be, “Do you have any questions?” And I promise you; this shouldn’t be overlooked! The reason why employers ask this is to find out how much you really care about the position. This is your chance to show them how eager you are to learn. So what kind of questions should you be asking? Here are a few of our best.
“What does the average day look like for someone in this position?”
“How does success look in this role?”
“Aside from the expectations listed on the application, what are some of the defining qualities you are looking for in a candidate?”
We wish you the best of luck in your interviewing endeavors and know that with these tips, you will succeed! For more on professional development and career advancement, read more at elamant.com!