Amber Little

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Five Things Not to Say in an Interview March 28, 2011

Filed under: Tips for a successful career — Amber Little @ 10:44 pm
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Bleh, interviews.  Who needs em. Quite honestly, who likes interviewing?  Crazy people.  That’s who.  Sometimes, the mere act of even thinking about an upcoming interview can drive you crazy.  By the time the interview rolls around you may be lucky to remember your own name.  Or, your heel could get stuck in the elevator and you could fall on your kiester…aaaaahhhh, sweet memories.  ANYWHO, the best thing you can do is look good, appear confident, and avoid these lovely phrases that will definitely leave you looking like the north end of a south bound horse.

1)  My last boss was such an a-hole! This one is just bad to the core.  For one, the interviewer doesn’t have time to hear about how god awful your last boss was.  Two, by badmouthing your last boss, it shows that you may not be able to handle criticism well, you have a difficult personality, or you cannot handle professional relationships.  Three, it’s a small world out there…you never know who may know who these days!  Yikes.

2)  Wait…what does this company do again? Alrighty.  You took the time out of your day, and the interviewer’s day…so take 20 seconds to look up the company for pete’s sake.

3)  How much does this job pay? Although you may simply be curious, or you don’t want to waste your time with a job you feel is beneath you, don’t ask about salary.  It isn’t gonna sit well…salary negotiations (as well as vacation, benefits, sick time, and tuition reimbursement policies) typically take place after the job is offered to you.

4)  Nope, I don’t have any questions, bye! Not having thought of at least a few questions can be the kiss of death.  It shows that you are unprepared and not very interested.  Often times, an interviewer will be more impressed with your questions than your answers.

5)  I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of things I WON’T do. Oh, we’re all tempted.  But you don’t want to start out on the wrong foot, and this will surely do just that.

Good Luck!  And watch that frickin elevator, GOSH.

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4 Responses to “Five Things Not to Say in an Interview”

  1. Amber, I know someone who just came in to inquire about a position and proceeded to tell me how much he hates his current job. After a bout of hysterical laughter, I mentally put him in the circular file. Miriam

  2. ryanrmoser Says:

    Great list Amber … its funny how so many people can’t seem to keep these straight though!

    I can’t wait to interview people.


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