You have probably heard all about what you should do during an interview, how to prepare and what questions to answer. But what about what not to do? There are quite a lot of common mistakes made by people during job interviews that ends up hurting them. If you have a job interview coming up, never do the following things.
Asking About Perks and Benefits
The hiring manager will most likely tell you about the benefits and perks before the interview is over, or when they call you to tell you more about the position or call you in for a second interview. Never ask about benefits during your first interview. This includes asking about health benefits, discounts to local businesses, how much vacation time you get, and even if you can work from home.
Asking About the Compensation
Another thing not to bring up first is the salary. The hiring manager will get to that, so don’t worry. If for some reason it was not mentioned on the job listing or during the interview, wait until after the interview is over and then inquire about it. Asking about pay right away is showing what your true priorities are.
Saying You Don’t Have Weaknesses
If the interviewer asks what your weaknesses are, don’t say you don’t have any. You both know that’s a lie and it just shows a level of arrogance that isn’t appreciated. Instead of saying you don’t have any, think of a weakness that expresses how much you want to change it. You don’t have to say you always show up late, but mention that you haven’t had the chance to improve your skills with certain computer programs, but are more than willing to learn.
Talking Bad About Your Boss
Never, under any circumstances, should you talk negatively about your current or previous supervisor. You don’t have to lie and boast about them if it isn’t true, but try to focus on a positive when asked about them. If you were not on good terms when you left, just mention you didn’t have the same professional outlook or you didn’t feel comfortable with their management styles. It should never go past that. You can express your appreciation with the skills they taught you without being negative to them.
Expressing Your Distaste With Your Current Job
If you are employed but looking for more opportunities, say as much. Don’t say that you hate your current job and start listing reasons why. Instead, tell the interviewer you are simply looking to further your career with a position more relevant to what your future goals are.
Not Asking Questions
One of the last questions in your interview will probably be asking if you have any questions. You should always have at least one intriguing or interesting question lined up. Never say you don’t have any questions, as it shows a lack of interest in the position and the company.