Many articles focus on what you should say or do in an interview. This article focuses on the opposite, on what you shouldn’t do. Some of these are obvious and quite funny when you realise people actually sometime, somewhere, used them in an interview.
How long do I get for lunch?
Questions like how much holidays, or too much emphasis on how much the position pays will give the interviewer a negative view of you as a person and feel you are literally only in it for the money.
Bad mouthing your previous manager/job
Bad mouthing your previous employer makes you look like an ingrate; you will come across a sa person that would potentially bad mouth any new employer. Keeps your thoughts about your past employer to yourself whether they deserve it or not.
Too much slang or casual swear words
It might come naturally to you in everyday conversation but it won’t go down well in an interview.
Leaving your phone turned on
Nothing worse than an interviewee looking at a text in the middle of an interview.
Using the “what don’t you like” question to vent about people or things you hate.
Don’t vent or bad mouth people or places, use the question as an opportunity to turn it into a positive, for example say you don’t like letting customers down. Etc.
Not turning the “weaknesses” question into a positive.
This is what interviewers want, they know your human but they like to see how you handle a bad situation or shortcomings and turn them into a strength. This however doesn’t mean listing your technical weaknesses or literally listing your actual weaknesses one by one, remember an interview is a chance to sell yourself.
Too many jokes
One or two clean relevant jokes that come naturally into the conversation are ok, don’t worry too much about this, if they come they come, if not, no big deal, just steer clear of joke after joke, and no dirty jokes.
Having a memorised feel to your answers
Its ok to have memorised the basics of a lot of what you want to talk about, but memorising a complete monologue is detrimental, besides what will you answer to a question if you have a set amount of sentences memorised and already said.
Giving yes/no answers
Good interviewees should ask questions that incite a response from you, make you open up and talk naturally without feeling as if you are being questioned. Answering yes and no answers to their question only sets them up to quickly ask a question they didn’t want to ask and prompting further yes/no answers.
Not targeting your answers to the position or past experience.
This is what interviewees are looking for, examples of past work or answers that match the job description.