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7-26 IAN 7 Interview Tips
by David Sparks, Ph.D., click here for bio
Program: Today's Idaho Ag News
Date: July 26, 12
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7 Things Not to Say During a Job Interview
When interviewing for a job, we all want to put our best foot forward, but sometimes we end up putting it in our mouths instead.
1.) Don't Compliment the Interviewer's Appearance in Any Way. Don’t say: “I love your skirt!” Compliments on appearance are just too familiar. You are there for a purpose, and most interviewers want to keep that boundary. If you don’t maintain a little distance, they might take it the wrong way.
2.) Don’t Cry
Don’t say: “It was the hardest thing I ever went through, and I still break down just thinking about it.” Crying the first time you meet might lead the interviewer to think you’re unstable. If possible, avoid telling emotional stories in interviews. What to say instead: “It was difficult, but we pulled through.”
3.) Don't Talk About Illnesses Unless They’re Relevant
Don’t say: “My back is killing me, and this time of year is rough on my asthma.”
4.) Don’t Talk about Problems at a Previous Company Unless it’s to Show How You Persevered
Don’t say: “I had so many problems with my former boss; he was a constant headache.” What to say instead: “I dealt with several problems, but worked through them all successfully.”
5.) Don’t Force Rapport
Don’t say: “I see you have kids. I love kids!” Don’t try and force commonalities with your interviewer. If you don’t see anything you have in common with the interviewer, that’s fine; stick to small talk. What to say instead: “Your offices are great. How long has your company been at this location?”
6.) Have No Questions
Don’t say: “Nope. I think you went over everything. See you later!” Not having questions is the kiss of death, says Michael Neece, co-founder of career building site JobTacToe.com. Not having questions communicates you don’t have any interest in the company and are just looking for a paycheck, says Neece. Candidates who don’t ask questions also come across as unprepared and unengaged.
What to say instead:“I noticed that your company has won several awards. What do you think gives you that competitive edge?”
7.) Don’t Say You Were Fired
Don’t say: “At my last job, I got canned.” Saying you were fired could shift the tone of the interview.
What to say instead:“It wasn’t a good fit at my last job, but I learned a lot about my skills and abilities and what I want to bring to my next position.”
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