Being prepared for an interview is vital. It’s imperative that you’re confident and understand how to properly showcase your qualifications, personality, and adaptability to the interviewer without seeming arrogant. However, it’s equally as important to know what not to say during your interview. Here are five sentences that you should try to avoid during an interview, and why you should avoid them.
It’s always good to be proactive with your interview preparation, but following the wait and see approach is typically best when it comes to pointing out areas that you need to work on. If you offer up “flaws” on your own, you could say too much. It’s best to wait for them to ask the areas that you think you could improve on, and then provide the interviewer with a couple of examples.
2. “My previous management team was awful.”
Regardless of who is conducting your interview, if you badmouth your previous colleagues or leadership team, you might as well hold up a giant red flag. When you speak negatively about someone during an interview, you’re setting the tone for a negative atmosphere and could leave the interviewer questioning whether or not you would speak ill of them and the company if you left. Also, it reflects poorly on your ability to handle challenging situations, which could be part of the position you’re interviewing for.
3.“What’s the salary like?”
Your first round of interviews is not the time to discuss salary expectations unless you’re specifically asked. Even if you are, it’s best just to say that you are flexible and look forward to learning more about the tasks that come along with the role. You can research similar jobs to see what the industry standard rate is, and then balance in factors such as experience. Discussing salary right away can be tempting, but it’s best to hold off until you have all of the details and a pending offer.
4. “I’m open to taking a pay cut.”
You might come across this situation after the offer has been made. It’s crucial that you don’t undercut yourself, and that you prioritize where you are open to making sacrifices. If money isn’t your principal concern, look for flexibility in scheduling, vacation time, stock options, or other company benefits.
5. “I don’t have any questions.”
The majority of interviewers are going to ask if you have questions, and if you have none, it’s a significant sign of disinterest. It’s a good idea to use that time to ask on the company history, upcoming projects, team structures and anything else you think can help you do the job successfully. Asking these questions is also a great way to help you decide if the company, and the position, is the right fit for you.
Interviews don’t have to be a scary experience. Use your personality, charm, and confidence to show the interviewer that you mean business. Make sure that you’ve adequately prepared the night before and that you know exactly what you’re going to say, what examples you’re going to use, and make sure that you have your references lined up. If you go in believing you’re going to make a good impression, you won’t need to worry about a thing.