5 Things NEVER to say in a Job Interview
There are many things that you shouldn’t say in a job interview. Besides the obvious, there are specific things that your potential employer might want to find out about you. You should know that it is illegal for any potential employer to ask questions about these specific topics since it could lead to discrimination. If you offer this information freely, then your potential employer obtains this information legally and can still use it to make their decision about whether or not to hire you.
- Speaking Poorly about Past Employers
We’ve all had those employers who we just can’t stand! They often leave a bad taste in your mouth, but swallow that bitterness and don’t mention it to any potential employers. You never know who might be in this potential employer’s network, and you wouldn’t want your words to get back to your past employer. The other point is that people want to hire positive and hard-working employees. If you use your interview as a venting opportunity, the potential employer is only going to assume that your negative attitude will transfer to your work.
Everyone is entitled to a political opinion, but you don’t need to share it in an interview. You don’t know who might agree or disagree with you. Even though there is nothing wrong with thinking one way or the other, sharing your political views in an interview just gives your potential employer a possible reason not to hire you.
Again, employers want a positive and productive work environment. Knowing that your opinions are freely shared doesn’t promote a team of unity, but rather could create unnecessary division in the workplace.
I, for one, look extremely young for my age which can be a benefit or a hindrance. Either way, I don’t want to be judge by my age, but rather by my work ethic and ability. Stating your age only gives another excuse to pin you against another candidate. Employers might have a bias against people who are too young due to inexperience in the field, or against older people who are set in their ways or harder to train. Represent yourself and your skill set as best possible and let that speak for your qualifications more so than a number.
No interviewer is legally allowed to ask if you have any children. The first thing that comes to mind when children come into the conversation is if you as a candidate will be able to dedicate the amount of time needed for this position without having the responsibility or distraction of children. Children get sick and need to stay home, they have events at school and health appointments, they require rides to and from places, etc.
It is okay to have children while working. It isn’t impossible to do all of it at the same time, but don’t give an interviewer any doubts that you can do it all!
- Money Problems
One thing that has turned me off of candidates in the past is a sort of plea for the position. They reveal how hard their financial situation has been and how much they really need the job. My heart goes out to the candidates, but it also seems a bit desperate and if the candidate doesn’t meet the specific requirements of the position, it makes the let down so uncomfortable.
Let them know you want the position because you are the best one for the job, not because you just really need to pay your bills.