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Ace Your Interview Game: Know What NOT To Say

A job interview can be a very stressful situation for anyone. Be it a fresher who is about to start their career or a veteran looking to switch companies, they can be easily intimidated when sitting in front of an interviewer. 

We are all aware of first impressions being the last impression and according to a recent study we might only have an average of 6 minutes to impress the interviewer. Facing the current situation of economic slowdown and cut-throat competition to bag a job, preparation becomes vital. Things like formulating answers to classic questions like 'tell me about yourself', 'why do you want this job' etc, dressing right, and taking deep breaths will make you more confident and relaxed.  

But all of this can go underwater if you let the wrong words slip out of your mouth. Here are 8 phrases to steer clear of in an interview.

1. “Sorry I am nervous about this interview”

To get a little nervous is natural but making a declaration shows that you can’t handle pressure and lack confidence. If you have anxiety now, what will you do when the first crisis pops up? So always be (or pretend to be) cool and calm. If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.” — Bill Gates

2. “ It’s all on my resume”

The interviewer knows it too, but he might be looking for information beyond what has been mentioned. Instead of stating the obvious, use this moment to emphasize your skills and experience. Provide additional information to make your case stronger. If your resume would have been sufficient there wouldn’t be any interviews. It's your ability to sell yourself and your communication skills that are being tested here.

3. “Well, my boss wasn’t that great”

When asked ‘why did you leave your last job?’ refrain from giving a negative answer. If you speak ill about your ex-boss or co-workers, you are saying a lot more about yourself than about them. You come off as a person who indulges in bad mouthing and someone who can’t be trusted. The interviewer might worry you might talk bad about them in the future.   

4. “What does this job pay?”

Remember you are there to show them that you can do the job effectively, you do not want to plant the seed of doubt that you are only about money. The employer will at some point talk about your starting salary. This is when you make your case and negotiate like a boss.  (Remember - ALWAYS negotiate the first offer)

5. “I don’t have any questions for you”

This translates to you not being interested enough in learning any more about the company. When you get an opportunity to show your inquisitive side, speak up! Employers are looking for dedicated and engaged employees, so be enthusiastic and ask intelligent questions about the job expectations and why you are the right person to meet them and exceed them. It's always better to be prepared with some questions about the company beforehand.

6. “I don’t know”

You cannot know everything even after hours of preparation. The interviewer is more prepared to throw you off your game to test your situation handling skills. Straightaway admitting your defeat will show that you do not wish to try harder.  You can easily turn the table by confidently asking for some more time or information, then answering carefully. This will show that you can think critically and are good at improvising and solving problems.

7. “ What do you guys do exactly?”

Yes, it is good to ask questions but not those that show your lack of research. When you sit for an interview you should do your homework about the company in detail. It will leave a good impression if you know some details as it shows that you have invested time in knowing about the DNA of the organisation and are enthusiastic about the position you are applying for. Keep using that info when you answer as it will reflect your diligence and dedication.

8. “So I was born in Kanpur… have two kids, a dog...”

Even if the interview switches from being professional to being friendly, you have to maintain a certain boundary. While sharing stories is a good way to shine and connect with your interviewer, make sure you know where to stop. Personal details, like your family or friends, religious or political beliefs, should be avoided. Be aware of the words coming out of your mouth as they matter the most. Meaningless small talks can come across as highly unprofessional.

All your stories and experiences should lead back to the company's needs and how you are a perfect candidate to fulfil those needs.

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