Answering interview questions can be tricky
There are things you can say that might signal a red flag to the employer. Here are some examples of what you should try to avoid saying in an interview.
1. “So, tell me, what you do around here?”
To impress the interviewer, it’s a good idea to show that you already have some knowledge of the company. Before an interview, research the company and the role you are applying for.
2. “Ugh, my last company…”
No matter how bad a job or an employer has been, keep your comments about them positive in an interview. Focus on what you hope to do in the future.
3. “I’ll do whatever”
Most employers are looking for people who are passionate about the role they are applying for. Target your job search to jobs that you are interested in working in and then be ready to explain why you want that job.
4. “I know I don’t have much experience, but…”
This is an easy mistake to make, especially if you are looking for your first job, changing careers or have just graduated. When you start apologising for experience you don’t have, you are basically saying that you are not right for the role.
Instead of putting the attention on your weaknesses, stay positive and focus on your strengths. Talk about your transferrable skills and how passionate you are about the position and the company.
5. “Nope, no questions”
Not having any job interview questions prepared for the interviewer is like saying that you’re not interested in learning more about the company and aren’t serious about the job.
Ensure you have some questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Asking questions will also make your interview feel more like a conversation rather than an interrogation.