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6 Things to Avoid Saying During a Job Interview

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Sep 24, 2014 8:15:00 AM

In Interview Tips

The interview is a vital part of the hiring process in IT staffing. Although many people can look appealing on paper, an interview allows employers to get personal experience with potential employees. There are many important aspects of an interview; however, it is what you say to your interviewer that may increase your chances of receiving that job. Conducting yourself professionally is critical, but there are also some key phrases to avoid when being interviewed.

1. Anything Bad About Your Previous Job or Employers

Although most people have dealt with a mean boss or bad job experience, it is unprofessional to take the time to complain at a job interview. However, there may be some circumstances when you feel like it cannot be avoided. For instance, if your interviewers ask why you left or got fired from your previous job, you may feel like you are trapped into badmouthing them. You can easily work around this by merely stating that you did not see eye-to-eye with your previous employer or you were not happy with your previous job due to certain circumstances.

2. “What Does This Company Do?”

This question makes you look incredibly unprepared and uncaring about their company and job position. If you are really interested in getting a job at any company, you must make sure you properly research all of the aspects of the company before you start applying for a job. Learn about what they do, where they are located, what awards they have received, how long they have been in business and any other useful information. All of this and more can be found through a quick Internet search.

3. “I’m Very Nervous”

Most interviewers know that almost anyone who goes into a job interview is nervous. It is completely natural and happens to practically everyone that is starting a new career. However, you should not announce that you are nervous to your interviewers or use that as an excuse if you start shaking or fumbling over your words. Interviews are seeking confidence in a person for their job positions. By informing the interviewer that you are nervous will only be detrimental to your chances of receiving that job.

Instead of using nervousness as an excuse when you make a mistake, pause for a second and correct yourself or apologize in a clear and confident voice, even if you are not feeling confident. This shows your interviewers that you can handle stressful situations and professionally make your way through them as well as you can.

4. “Will You Be Monitoring Employee Activity on Social Media Sites?”

While this has become more common in recent years, asking this question will only make your interviewers think that your social media profile contains something bad. If you really do have content that you do not want employers to see on your social media page, hide it from public view and set it to allow only friends to view your page.

5. “How Much Does This Position Pay?”

This is a big question on practically everyone’s mind when they go in for an interview, but asking it will make you come off as unprofessional. Interviewers are more interested to see if you show passion about the job, rather than your concern of the money. In addition, most employers will offer that information during the interview, especially if they are particularly interested in hiring you. Hiring people for IT staffing requires a lot of professionalism, courtesy and knowledge by both parties.

6. “I Really Need This Job to Pay Off My Debt”

If your potential employer asks you why you want to take this job, do not talk about paying off debt. This is especially true if the debt is gambling or credit card related. While plenty of responsible people end up in debt, stating this may reflect poorly on you with some employers. Interviewers may see you as irresponsible or unreliable. As an alternative, explain why that particular job or company interests you.