Preparing for a job interview can be a lot of work. Successful candidates research the potential employer, study the job description, and think about the things they really want to say to the interview panel. But what about those things you should never say in a job interview? There are a surprising number of red flags you can raise when you say the wrong thing, even when your intentions are good. And many interview gaffes can cost you the job offer.
14 Interview Gaffes to Avoid at All Cost
Your interviewers are seeing people in your position all day long. What should you avoid saying to ensure you don’t make the same mistakes the others did?
There are a few questions that come up in nearly every job interview, giving you the chance to work out a good answer in advance. Unfortunately, most people don’t bother; they think of something simple and clever-sounding (or make it up on the spot). The trouble is: Employers have heard it all before. Try to be confident and you might come across as arrogant. Say something enthusiastic and you might seem too needy. Give the perfect answer and it might seem rehearsed.
To help you avoid these interview gaffes, this infographic from Resume.io highlights 14 phrases to avoid. It also suggests a few better answers to use instead – although the best answer will always come with your own personal twist of originality. You’ve worked hard to prepare for this interview. Don’t blow it by saying the wrong thing.
The best answer you can give is one that’s unique to you.