What You Shouldn’t Say in a Job Interview


Your role in a job interview is to demonstrate your skills and accomplishments in such a way as to impress the hiring manager. To this end, confidence goes a long way. But what happens when confidence turns to arrogance and you inadvertently say the wrong thing? You only have this one chance to make the right impression, so be sure you’re avoiding these common pitfalls in your next interview.

How Much Does the Job Pay?

Yes, we understand money is a very important part of your decision, but it needs to be left off the table during the initial interview. In the interview, you want to impress the hiring manager with your skills and knowledge, which will hopefully translate into an offer that works for your background and future goals.

But asking about salary in the initial interview leaves behind a bad taste. The interviewer will think you don’t care about the job at all, just what you can earn.

I Don’t Have Any Weaknesses

You will undoubtedly be asked about your weaknesses. It’s one of the most common interview questions. And for a time, the trend was to try to turn a strength into a weakness, which has gone out of fashion. Now, you’re encouraged to discuss a real weakness along with a plan to improve it.

If you say you don’t have any weaknesses, it will come across as arrogant rather than confident. Everyone has a weakness. What the interviewer wants to know is that you’re willing to acknowledge it and work to improve yourself.

My Boss Was Awful

Bad-mouthing a former employer is a huge red flag. Regardless of why you left your last position, don’t play the blame game and talk about former managers or co-workers negatively.

This will give the interviewer the impression you’re difficult to work with or you will have similar issues in the workplace if you were to accept their job offer. They want to see positive candidate behavior.

How Much Vacation Time Do I Get?

Time off is also an essential part of a job, but if your biggest concern in an interview is when you don’t have to work, that’s a problem. This can be a deciding factor for you when you get to the offer stage if it’s important, but leave it off the table in the initial interview.

A hiring manager will interpret your question as a lack of dedication and the only thing interesting you in this job is the time away from it. That’s a bad precedent to set.

No, I Don’t Have Any Questions

You will be asked if you have any questions for them. If you don’t have any, they won’t believe you’re genuinely interested in their opportunity. Instead, research the company ahead of time and have a question or two prepared.

Also, keep in mind the best questions to ask. Don’t ask “What does your company do?” Instead, ask about their three-year goals. Ask the hiring manager why they like working for the company.

Are you ready for your next job interview?

At Professional Staffing Group, we work closely with our candidates to help them understand how to present themselves professionally and make a good first impression, on paper and in person. Register with us today and let us help you connect with the best job opportunities in our region.

2 thoughts on “What You Shouldn’t Say in a Job Interview

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