Things Not to Say During Job Interviews

We all go through job hunting process at some point of our lives and we all know how difficult it is to secure a job this day.  But no matter how brilliant your scholastic record is or how skillful you are at your chosen field, your chance of getting hired depends on how you tackle the the interview questions that the recruiter may throw at you during the interview. 

Most of the job hunters are unconcious about some interview boo- boos that they are committing, thus killing their chances of getting the job.  Here are five interview mistakes that you need to avoid.

When asked why you are late you reply ” Traffic po kasi eh (traffic is horrible).”

First, it is a mortal sin to be late during job interviews as it leaves bad impression on your would be employer. But if you arrived late even if you did your best to be early, don’t simply say that you are late because traffic is horrible as it says more about your lack of planning skills. Tell the interviewer in your sincerest way how sorry you are for being late and mentioned a little how you prepared to come early but you were caught into horrible traffic. 

When asked about your accomplishments, you say ” I was an honor student/ recipient of xxx awards…”

It is right to be proud of your academic accomplishments since have worked hard for it. But just citing an award as your accomplishment won’t impress your interviewer. Instead, cite an example on what you did to get that particular award and how have you worked hard to overcome difficulties. This will give your interviewer a chance to see how well you deal with setbacks and hardships.

When ask why should we hire you, you say ” I want to gain experience.

Even if you are just an entry level employee, don’t simply tell your interviewer that you are applying for the job to gain experience. You don’t want your would- be employer to feel that you are just hoping to have a training ground to further your career. Instead, talk about how the job is aligned with your set skills and how can you contribute to the company’s growth. You may also mention how passionate you are about what the company does. Companies love to hear employees talk about sharing tje same ideals/ goals with the company and also keen to those that can contribute to their success.

When ask why did you left your previous job, you say “My boss/ the company is horrible”.

Whatever happened to you in your previous job, do not bad mouth a former employer as it tells more about your character than your previous boss. Saying bad things about your previous job signals that you are immature, unprofessional and potentially difficult to work with. 

When ask if you have any other questions, you say “No, I don’t have any questions”.

The interviewer does not expect you to know all about the company so they are anticipating questions to be thrown back at them during the interview process. Not asking even a single question at all during the interview, signals that you are not interested with the company at all. Thus, it is bettee to do your research about the company prior to interview and draft several questions that you may potentially ask your interviewer whenever he/she gives you a chance to do so. 

The next time you sit for a job interview, be mindful of how you answer the queries of your interviewer. As the saying goes, “everything you say may be used against you”. 


Ooops… The Nightmare of Going Through Bad Interviews

We are often warned that first impression is lasting. In a book written by media executive Roger Ailes, he emphasized the importance of the first seven seconds to make the first impression. In the job market, getting the first impression right is one of the key elements of getting the job. First impressions are critical on the job interview as it sets the tone of the whole interview. However, not all interviews go well and bad interviews happen to all potential job candidates at one point of their job hunting experience.

There are several reasons why a job candidate fails to make a good first impression during the first step of the recruitment process. Here are the common reasons why a job applicant fails to make a good first impression during job interviews:

  1. Arriving late during the interview


When you arrive late during the job interview, you can be sure that you are off to a bad start with the potential employer. Punctuality is one of the key elements that an HR is looking for an applicant during recruitment.  Thus, there is no excuse in coming late.

  1. Wearing inappropriate interview dress

inappropriate clothing

Another interview mistake that makes a bad impression is wearing inappropriate interview dress. Companies do have a dress code that they adhere to and coming for the job interview wearing an inappropriate style will make recruiters have a second thought about hiring you. Remember that your appearance during the interview is crucial in making the right first impression.

  1. Coming across as unfocused and inattentive

Inattentive Interview

Failing to do research on the job and the company you are applying for coupled by interview jitters will affect your performance during the interview process. If you stumble answering the common interview questions and the interviewer has to repeat the same question before you can answer them, you may be perceived as unfocused and inattentive. This will leave a question mark with your potential employer with your qualification.

  1. Not establishing rapport with the interviewer


It is important that you also establish a rapport with your interviewer during your interview to leave a good first impression. If the interviewer feels little to no connection with you the interview process may be uncomfortable.

  1. Not closing the interview properly

not closing interview

How you conclude the interview is just as important as how you do well during the introduction.  Not thanking your interviewer for their time is one common reason why applicants fail to make the right impression.  Remember that how your interview conclusion is the one final chance of making the first impression right with your potential employer.