7 things you should NOT say in a job interview

1. How much does this job pay?

Some people step into an interview asking this question as a first. Typically, salary is not discussed on the first interview. But if money is discussed, it is for the interviewer to open up that subject. If asked on what is the expected salary, have a range prepared and not a specific amount. The first is to research on how much the job you want really pays on the market and then come up with your request. Also make sure to justify it, if you intend to ask a higher than the market rate, an example, your experience in the line and added skills.

2. What does your company do?
As a job candidate, you should have already researched on the company and what the company has been doing. The Internet is a powerful resource, make use of it to read up as much as possible and not be limited to that of the company profile on its website. Try to find the company’s annual report and read it too.
3. Do not use slangs or singlish in your job interview

No matter how comfortable you feel with your interviewer, he/she is not your friend whom you happened to bump into. The person across the table has the power to put you through to the next round of interviews or offer you a job. Be on your best behaviour, but don’t be too serious as well. Being too casual can be disrespectful and it won’t seem like you’re serious about work.

4. Do not criticise your former employer
Although that may be the real reason you left your job, your prospective employer does not need to know that. You can explain that you had a difference in direction from your former employer in terms of where the project was heading or working style. Do not dwell on your answer for too long, as you may be tempted to say things you’ll regret later on. Keep it short.

5. No stereotypical language

Do not be prejudice or stereotype others from different genders, nationalities, religions in terms of slangs or any form that may seem degrading.

6. If you’re asked if you have any questions, do not say “No.”

Saying NO means that you’re not very interested in the company. Come up with at least 3 questions to ask about the company itself during the interview. An example would be, if they company has plans to expand in the next 10 years or what new products and services they might be considering. Do not ask about salary and benefits.

7. I don’t have any weaknesses
When you’re talking about strengths and weaknesses, which most likely you’ll be asked, mention on something that’s a weakness and strength at the same time. Do not say something like you’re lazy. Instead, rephrase it to be, you work better as a team where there’s motivation and exchange of ideas.


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