10 things you shouldn’t say in a Job Interview

In a job interview, you should be honest about what type of employee you are and what you’re looking for out of a workplace. However, there are some phrases or ways of saying things that will set off alarm bells in an interviewer’s mind. Here are 10 things you shouldn’t say in a job interview, paired with a more interview-polite and appealing version.

 

1. DON’T SAY: I hate being micro-managed.

WHY NOT: Your future boss doesn’t want to have a hard time dealing with you.

DO SAY: I prefer to have weekly, rather than daily, meetings to touch base.

 

2. DON’T SAY: I don’t like working within large teams.

WHY NOT: It sounds like you don’t get along well with others.

DO SAY: I prefer working within smaller teams with more direct lines of communication.

 

3. DON’T SAY: I don’t like working outside of work.

WHY NOT: You might come off as lacking enthusiasm for the job.

DO SAY: I prefer a clear end to the workday, other than dealing with emergencies.

 

4. DON’T SAY: Why is your company performing poorly?

WHY NOT: No organization wants to hear that type of negativity.

DO SAY: What are the biggest challenges you see ahead for your team? How did you all respond to X or Y event that occurred recently?

 

5. DON’T SAY: I need constant check-ins and 1-on-1s.

WHY NOT: You might come off as being needy and resource-intensive.

DO SAY: I like knowing about my performance and checking in on what’s working and what’s not on a semi-regular basis.

 

6. DON’T SAY: How quickly can I get a promotion?

WHY NOT: You’ll look entitled and unexcited about the opportunity at hand.

DO SAY: Is there room for growth from this role? Can you tell me about a typical career path within this organization?

 

7. DON’T SAY: I hate working alone.

WHY NOT: Most employers want to know that you can handle tasks independently.

DO SAY: I prefer working on projects with others, whether internal or external to the organization. I’m a people person!

 

8. DON’T SAY: I hated my last job and need things to change.

WHY NOT: No one likes to hear badmouthing.

DO SAY: I’m looking for an organization that does things a little differently in X and Y ways.

 

9. DON’T SAY: I need you to pay me more to take this job.

WHY NOT: It’s a negotiation, and in every negotiation, you have to provide valid reasons.

DO SAY: I’m excited about this opportunity, but I have some concerns about the compensation.

 

10. DON’T SAY: I don’t like it when I can’t change the process.

WHY NOT: If you need flexibility at work to innovate or try new things, say so politely.

DO SAY: I always like trying new ways to tackle old tasks and problems. How much flexibility exists within the role in regards to how things get done?

Written by JobHero

New York, New York

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