6 Expressions to Refrain in a Job Interview

An interview is a difficult job to do for both the interviewer and the job candidate. It is a bit more than a trial for a job seeker. Most of us are aware in advance of the possible outcome of an interview. Preparation alone is a way out than just hoping in vain. Now the stress will start at this point. Tension is a result of poor preparation. The nerve game begins here. Spiraling in despair can cause us to make a blunder that ultimately ruins the chance of success. Remaining more vigilant, attentive, and sharp-minded is a better strategy for a successful interview.

Careful planning in advance can help. There are two sides to a picture, bright and dark. It is valid for anything in life, inclusive of an interview. You can make a list of BEST TO SAY things. The WORST TO SAY things are always more than one can imagine. It is wise to make another list of WORST TO SAY issues in an interview. It helps avoid stress and possible blunders if you can stand to follow the list in letter and spirit. Preparation is key to success, even if it is not your first job interview.

Following are some points that I have sorted for WORST TO SAY THINGS IN AN INTERVIEW.

1- “I hate my boss.”

Only a few are lucky enough to feel comfortable with their bosses as a needle in the haystack. Most employees complain against their bosses and sometimes for genuinely valid reasons. Never show about it in your interview if you share the same sentiment. Avoid passing even a clue about your grievances regarding your present or ex-boss. Employers hunt for professionals of sound standing with a positive attitude.

Having a questionable opinion about your ex-boss or previous employer indicates your dissatisfaction. New Employers hold all the good reasons to avoid hiring a depressed and dejected personality. How does a complaining person prove a productive employee? Employers network with each other and discuss issues of common interest. The interviewer might know your ex-boss holding a different opinion about him from yours. In that case, you will spoil your chance to win a new joining.

2-“I have another Interview”.

People demand loyalty, and in the end, it pays. A lackluster attitude is not a way to make a place anywhere. Businesses need committed employees to join and stay. You might be the “best in the market” talent but let your employer decide. Never make a tall claim about your skills and qualifications. Let the performance speak it.

Your work output speaks louder than your words of mouth. Sentences like “I’m the right fit for this job”, or “I’m a perfectionist”, will show your inner weakness. Never occur a word hinting yourself as an ambitious person looking for another opportunity. Avoid speaking that you are lined up for another interview somewhere else. It clearly shows your disinterest in the job. Show them a mature attitude and professional strength.

3. “I Need this job.”

Being ambitious is a positive trait but expressing it out of context means crossing a fine line. No one likes over-ambitious people. It clashes with the long-term objectives of a business. If you think that the prospective pay package is a privilege that you must not miss, even then need not be desperate to expose yourself. Never hint that you need this job.

Never be desperate to show your willingness to join before you get an offer. You will get it if you are “the best fit” and “destined” for it. The world is not a small place to try your luck if things are working otherwise. If you note that the hiring manager plans to drop you, make an honorable exit, show gratitude, and thank him for his time.

4. “Sorry, I don’t know.”

Everybody is not a scholar worthy of knowing everything. You don’t know much about many things in the world. But don’t be too vocal to utter a phrase, “Sorry, I don’t know.” It is a speed breaker, even if not a dead end. The situation needs diplomatic handling. Try to remember for a while if you can get help from a memory flashback.

Reasonably convey your emptiness if you end up a helpless soul. Knowing nothing about the job you are applying for is irritating for the interviewer. He must be wondering why you are there and why you applied in the first place if you lack the relevant knowledge. Again be a little smart to resolve the situation. Don’t be blank but try to relate similar issues in your mind and express what you can best manage to answer.

5. “What is the Pay Package?”

Presenting yourself in an interview indicates that you are searching for a better opportunity. The pay package is undoubtedly among the top attractions. You have the right to know what pay package you will get if selected. Showing impatience to see the pay package is a spoiler. Never ask a question about the pay package. Wait for the employer to start the topic.

Better to express your interest in the work environment and the leadership position. A higher pay package is an implied part of the job hierarchy. You will automatically get an attractive pay package if selected at an upper slot. Ask about work policies, schedules, health, and vacation facilities. These are inherent elements of an improved pay package.

6. “I have no questions.”

Asking questions is desirable if the questions are appropriately worded. Not asking any questions is an indication of your lack of knowledge or the lack of interest. Never give such an impression to your employer. Make due preparation for an interview by framing appropriate questions related to the job, company, and policies. It is an indicator of your deep interest in the company.

You are the jewel for an employer if mentally aligned to the business goals, preferences, policies, and objectives of the company you plan to join. A person attuned to their cause can be an asset they never want to lose.

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Umar Hayat
  • Umar Hayat
  • The author has rich management exposure in banking, textile, and teaching in business administration.