Knowing what not to say at a job interview can prevent golden job opportunities from being lost because of saying the wrong thing. Though not exhaustive, this article covers important aspects of negative answers at job interviews.
Job Interview tips and techniques to avoid negative answers:
- Avoid stereotyped attitudes and answers at job interviews. Be confident and prepared with a strategy for tackling the job interview.
- Avoid overconfident answers that appear arrogant and selfish.
- If asked “What can you do for the firm?” Don’t reply, “I will try to do my best.”
- A good strategy for the job interview is to explain how your personal skills are suited to the job requirements, and why you should be hired.
- Don’t answer nervously at first-time job interviews. Don’t say “I’m nervous because I don’t have any experience.”
- A suggested strategy is to attend as many job interviews as possible without concern for the outcome.
- A useful tip is to remember that experience gained at job interviews is as important as the result.
- Don’t give negative answers concerning previous employees.
- A good suggestion for a job interview is to focus on positive factors of previous employers while emphasizing better long-term career prospects of the offered job.
- One strategy recommended for a job interview is to be ready with two or three complimentary points regarding the new company that make them a desirable employer.
- If asked: “Why are you changing your job?” don’t reply, “My employers are not good and the salary is too low.”
- A recommended tip is to highlight challenges of the new job at the interview.
- Don’t make negative statements for fear of not getting the job. Don’t say, “Please give me the job because I need it desperately.”
- Don’t give casual or jocular answers to questions at a job interview. The approach to the job interview should be formal and the answers to job interview questions should be studied and serious.
- Do not show disrespect when speaking about others during the job interview. Avoid slang, derogatory, or vulgar terms in interview answers.
- Avoid personal matters while answering questions at the job interview.
- Do not discuss salary until the matter is brought up by the interviewer. Study the company’s remuneration and promotion policy in advance.
- During the job interview, if asked whether there are any questions, don’t answer in the negative. Study all aspects of the company and the job in advance, and put forward two or three relevant questions.
- Avoid disclosing too much information at job interviews until the job is offered.
- A good interview tip is to politely decline answering questions not relevant to the job. Divert attention to personal skills.
- There are some subjects that employers are not allowed to discuss at job interviews. Remember this tip to tackle a job interview effectively.
- At the job interview, avoid lengthy answers concerning strong and weak points. Answers concerning personal matters should be brief and specific.
- The job interview strategy should focus on giving a positive spin to weaknesses.
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