What to say (or not) in a job interview

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Not sure what to say in a job interview? Find out here what you should and shouldn’t say.

When we go to a job interview we truly want to be able to show all we have and give the best impression of ourselves. The problem is that sometimes it can be very easy to make small mistakes that can end up making us look really bad. Talking too much or saying inappropriate things are just examples of what these small mistakes are.

In this article we will talk about what to say or not  in a job interview according to experts.

3 Questions you should never ask in an interview:

  • How much does this job pay?
    Some people ask this question at the beginning of the interview, even before the interviewer gets a chance to ask the first question; this is a huge mistake. Some companies even have as a rule never to talk about salaries in the first interview. Regardless of this, whatever the case is, it’s better for you to wait for the interviewer to bring the subject up first.
    If you are asked about what your salary expectations are, it’s better if you say an estimated amount in a range, than to say an exact amount.
  • What does this company do?
    As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important for the candidate to study the company beforehand. It’s not the interviewer’s job to inform the applicant what the company does, that’s something that he/she should know already. If you do know the company, make sure to bring it up in the conversation along with your enthusiasm to work for them.
  • What benefits will I get from this job?

Meaning: vacations, days off, non-wage compensations, etc.
it’s very likely that you’re interested in what benefits will come along with the position, however, it can be very rude if you ask for this information before it’s mentioned to you. Remember that the purpose of the interview is telling the company how useful you will be to them, not the other way around. The benefits will be mentioned at some point, so don’t make the mistake to ask about this out of time.

What to say or not in a job interview
What to say or not in a job interview

And Never…

  • Use vulgar vocabulary or slang

As obvious as it might sound, a job interview is not a casual conversation with your friends. It’s a conversation where good vocabulary becomes imperative. It’s not about whether the interviewer will or won’t understand casual words, it’s about giving the situation the seriousness it deserves and being respectful at all times with the person who is your potential recruiter.

  • Use offensive language towards others

Don’t speak with words that denigrate or discriminate others based on, for example, their gender, sexual orientation or nationality. This is not only wrong for interviews, but for life in general.

  • Don’t speak badly of your past jobs or employers

Criticizing your past jobs or employers is telling the interviewer that that’s the way you will talk about their company if you get hired and eventually leave. If you don’t have nothing nice to say about it, keep it to yourself. Every job leaves some experience and that is what you should be focusing on. Always keep it positive!

Finally, these are two of our tips for you to succeed in your interview:

  1. Confidence is key: When you speak, you have to believe it. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should the interviewer believe in you? It’s important that whatever you have to say, you say it with self-confidence. This does not mean that you should be arrogant, just sure of what you are capable of.
  2. Ask questions: It’s important for you to be able to ask questions. Not obvious questions, but interesting ones; questions that show that you are truly interested in the job and the company. Turn the interview into a conversation, not a dialog with only one person asking and the other one replying.

Remember, some of these mistakes are quite easy to make so as we always say: prepare yourself! It’s the best way for you to be ready to be successful in your future interview. Pay attention to yourself and make it your goal to be in constant improvement.

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