10 Things You Should Never Say At a Job Interview

During job interviews all candidates want to impress the interviewer because they want to get the job. In a bid to do this they might end up saying things they should not say and this reduces their chances of getting the job. There are so many candidates for that job so even the slightest thing can reduce your chances.

The worst part is that you do not get a second chance to correct yourself. The reason for this most of the time is because most candidates speak before they think. You have to realize that the interviewer is not there to rush you, but to get your best possible answer.

Here is of 10 things you should never say during a job interview

  1. Sorry I’m late

It is a standard rule that candidates should be 30 – 15 minutes early for interviews. In every organization punctuality is key, so getting to the interview late gives off the vibe that you are always going to be late even when you get the job. You might think that it was only this one time, my qualifications will cover it up; it might but remember that first impressions matter a lot.


  1. I’m nervous

Every organization wants employees that are confident; during an interview saying that youre nervous tells the interviewer that you are not as confident as they would like you to be even with all your qualifications. It is not uncommon for an individual to get jitters when in some situations but you need to learn to control it. Take deep breaths before you walk into the room, even give yourself a little pep talk and smile; you’ll find that it will help you relax.


  1. It’s on my CV

Before you are brought before any interview panel they have gone through your CV, they only invited you in to see how well you can defend your CV or to ask questions on areas they are unsure of. Telling an interviewer to check your CV means that you are indifferent, you can’t really be bothered about answering their questions. This makes you sound rude.


  1. I hated my boss, we didn’t get along at all

Often time interviewers ask why you are applying for the job or why you left your past employer. The way to answer this question is not to highlight the downsides of working with your boss or his company; even if you did not get along with your boss it doesn’t mean you should throw it into the face of your potential employers. Chances are they would think you were the problem since you already have a sass mouth.

Instead you could say that the job no longer fit into your career aspirations and highlight some benefits you got while on the job.


  1. I don’t know

No interviewer wants to hear that you do not know the answer to a question. No matter how much you practice before an interview there is a high chance that you will get a question that sets you off track. The right way to approach this is not to say “I don’t know”; instead you can repeat the question to yourself all the while thinking fast for an answer to the question. If after doing that it doesn’t work, you could ask the interviewer to repeat the question while still trying to come up with an answer.


  1. No questions

At the end of every interview, the interviewer usually asks you if you have any questions. The right way to answer that is to ask a question. It shows the interviewer that you are interested in getting the job.  One of the questions you can ask is:

  • What are the qualities required to excel in this position?


  1. I was like the… asin it is important…

Using words such as like, asin, and umm which are filler words doesn’t show professionalism. These words are words that you use when gisting with your friends and on social media. These are not words to be used before an interview panel. The fact that you used those words in front of them means that you could also use it on a client.


  1. What is the salary package like?

This is a complete don’t for an interview, it shows that you applied for the job just for the money,, not because you want to add any real value to the company. Even if that is why you applied for the job, stating it outright comes off as a bit rude.


  1. I’d like to start my own business soon

Entrepreneurial spirits are highly appreciated in organizations; however, stating your business owner aspirations in front of the panel simply tells them that you want to use their company as a fundraiser for your company. Most employers are looking to hire employees that will stick around for a while not just for short periods of time.


  1. Hire me and you won’t regret it. I’m very qualified

Despite the fact that you have all the right qualifications and skills and you have been able to wow the interview panel doesn’t mean you get to tell them who to hire. You have got to remember that there are other candidates that are yet to be or have been interviewed. The decision lies with the panel. Besides saying that makes you sound overconfident and makes you seem like a threat.

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  1. Otiono Ndubuisi Augustina says:

    You are doing a wonderful job here. Keep it up. Am an HND graduate in Mechanical Engineering (manufacturing/production option) and also just completed my NYSC programme. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks and God bless.

  2. paul mshelia says:

    Thank you for the good advice, but you did not talk on goverment jobs i mean state or federal goverment.

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