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What Not to Say During an Interview

What Not to Say During an Interview

By Alexi Calvo | HRPeople

October 06, 2009

Acting Cocky Doesn’t Help You

It doesn’t bode well for you to walk into an interview as if you’ve already been hired. In order to impress the interviewer don’t put down past coworkers or employers. When asked about the internet security policies of their past employer, a candidate was quoted as saying , “Well, it was a stupid policy anyway.” Mentioning that your former employer was dumb in any way doesn’t show how superior you are—what it does do however— is show that you bad mouth people and aren’t a fiercely loyal worker.

During an interview don’t bring up your future salary. Candidates (who were not hired) have been known to start asking for a raise before even being offered a position! We all know that you are trying to get a job in order to make a living, just try not to be so transparent. Your interviewer wants to know that you have chosen to interview at their company because of the outstanding product or service they offer not just because you need a paycheck.

Also, applicants during an interview have been known to ask, “How soon can I transfer to a better job?” and even “Can I telecommute because the drive is too much in the morning?” As an interviewee you have to remain humble. The company is choosing you and not the other way around. On the flip side you don’t want to come off as unsure of yourself.

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