Job Interview: the Don'ts

Job Interview: the Don'ts

Experience shows that not all Don'ts are negative. While you cannot always map out the expectations and reactions during an interview, there are some standard lines you should not cross.

Don't criticize past or present employers 

No matter how bad, you never want to badmouth a former employer. When the question “why did you leave your previous job” comes up, keep your tone neutral and focus on what it has taught you. 

Don’t ask questions you could answer on the website

You should have all the info regarding the job and the company prior to the interview, so do your research and avoid asking simplistic questions. Show you are committed and well-prepared.

Don’t be willing to take up any role 

Willingness to take up any kind of job available is a big red flag for most hiring managers. Instead, target your search to a specific role explaining why it is exactly what you’re looking for.

Do not apologize 

When you apologize for lacking a skill, you’re essentially undervaluing yourself as someone who’s not a great hire. Instead, focus on your strengths and willingness to develop further.

“It’s on my resume” is an answer to avoid

If you’re asked about a particular past role, it’s because they want you to expand on previous experience. Use this opportunity to talk about your skills and competencies involved and how they helped you succeed.

Avoid using resume “buzzwords”

Skip the overused business phrases like "I'm a fast learner and a high achiever", and describe your skills using facts about things you’ve actually done and the results you had.