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Warning: 10 phrases banned in an interview

Congratulations, on scoring the job interview!

New outfit? Check.
Nails? Check.
Interview preparation? Ops!

Don’t worry. We have compiled a list of 10 phrases that are never to spoken during an interview. Ever. We mean it.


“Sorry, I’m late”
Somehow we always think that making this statement will justify the fact that we are late. NEVER be late for an interview. Period.

“I don’t know”
You better find out, else chances are you are going to screw up your interview. Show the employer that you are a thinker and a problem solver under all circumstances.

“What is the salary for this position”
Golden rule: Never be the first one to bring up the question of salary, or else you risk sounding too monetary. If the interviewer is the first to touch the subject, be prepared to give an approximate range.

“No, thank you, I don’t’ have any questions”
Seriously, no questions? You must ask questions! Always. This is your big chance to tell your interviewer that you have done your research and eager about the position.

“I hate my current job/my current boss is a *****”
This above is a typical response to the question: ‘Why are you applying to this position or organization?’ This portrays you as a bad sport. And nobody wants to work with this kind. What the interviewer is really looking to hear is for you to tell him/her about how appealing this new position sounds or how it is time for you to move on to a better position.

“My biggest weakness is that I am a perfectionist.”
Now, that is a pile of garbage isn’t it? And your interviewer is perfectly aware of it. Nobody is perfect. It is a good idea to share shortcomings that you have previously worked upon or ones that are mildly needed to perform your job.

“Honestly, I haven’t thought about it”
Do not respond with the above statement when asked, ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’ Show your interviewer that you have goals and are passionate about your future. Show him/her that you are hungry for success!

“What does your company do?”
Warning: Do not ask this question. I repeat, DO NOT. And believe it or not, there are tones of employees who make this mistake. It goes without saying: Research about the company before you enter the interview room.

“I got fired”
It is never a good idea to lie in an interview. But, there are more subtle ways of saying the same thing in a constructive manner: “My boss and I had some very differing ideas. It was time I moved on to another position.”

“You look great!”
Flirting? Mission abort, mission abort! Complimenting on physical appearances can be considered inappropriate. Play the safe side.

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