You’ve probably received plenty of steps on what to do to make your job search a successful one. But sometimes what you don’t do or say is just as important during your efforts to find a job as what you do. If you want to know how to get a job in today’s tough hiring market, you need to know what not to say during a job interview.
Here is some advice from a recent story by CBS News on avoiding some of the biggest mistakes during a job interview.
If You Can’t Say Anything Nice …
First, resist the temptation to badmouth your last job or boss. If your interviewer asks you why you left your last job, make sure to frame your answer in as positive a way as possible.
For instance, you might say that you left to seek new challenges. You might say that you wanted to work with a larger company, or that you were ready to take a new step in your career.
Never say that you left because you hated your boss or co-workers. This will leave a negative impression in the minds of recruiters and human-resources professionals.
Avoid the Hot-Button Issues
You might enjoy debating the merits of Pres. Obama with your friends. Maybe you like getting into long religious discussions with your co-workers. But whatever you do, don’t mention religion, politics, or any of your personal philosophies during a job interview.
As the CBS News story says, you never want to put yourself and your interviewer on opposite sides of an issue. This can happen fairly quickly if you somehow address controversial issues during a job interview. You might be certain that Pres. Obama needs to be voted out of office. Maybe your interviewer is a fan of the President’s style and politics. You don’t want to give interviewers a reason to dislike you.
Don’t Talk About Your Lunch Plans
The CBS News story also says that you should never talk about the plans you have for the rest of your day. You might be excited that you and your wife are planning to do some downtown shopping after your interview. You might be thrilled that you and a friend have secured reservations at the hottest restaurant in town.
Your interviewers, though, don’t care about any of this. They might even get annoyed if you bring it up.
As the CBS News story says, interviewers want your job interview to be the most important event of your day. If you treat it this way and focus only on the job and the company during your interview, you’ll be far more likely to receive either a job offer or a callback for a second interview.