Going for a job interview is a daunting task for most. It can be easy to get caught up on the pursuit of a the job you’re after, and as a result, some people find themselves altering the truth in order to sound like an ideal candidate. Needless to say, this is not a good idea and will most definitely catch up with you eventually. Here are a few phrases and questions to avoid if you don’t want to sound dishonest during a job interview.
1. Saying that you don’t have weaknesses
Everyone has a weakness and claiming not to will just make you sound arrogant, and dishonest.
2. Saying that your only weakness is that you work too hard
Even if this is true, it sounds like a lie. Show some self-awareness and name something a little more original.
3. Saying you’re good at everything
Even if you’re a pretty talented individual, no-one is good at absolutely everything. Again, this will make you sound both arrogant, and like you’re lying.
4. Saying you can do anything
This one just sounds a little desperate. If your potential employer asks you what you can do or are willing to do, don’t telling them you’ll do whatever they like. Not only is this probably not true, it could also mean that if they did hire you, you’d end up doing extra jobs because you’d originally come across so eager to do anything they asked.
5. Agreeing with everything
When an employer looks for potential candidates, they most probably don’t want someone who sits on the fence. If you remain neutral about everything asked in your interview, you risk making yourself sound like you lack direction or are a push-over .
6. Telling anecdotes about your mates
Quite frankly, your employer doesn’t care about what your friend Jonny does in his new job. And it’s not relevant to you or your employability.
7. Going for the sympathy vote
This is a big no. Any employer is not going to be more likely to hire you if you try to guilt trip them into giving you the job.
8. Asking what the grounds are for getting sacked
It’s not a good idea to get the interviewer thinking about firing you before they’ve even hired you – it makes you sound like you’re going to do something that might warrant sacking.
9. Asking if your potential employer monitor emails or internet usage
Again, this makes it sound like you’re going to do something your employer won’t be happy about.
Saying you always do something, or you’ve done it a million times. Everyone exaggerates sometimes, but if you do it too much, you’ll just sound like you’re lying.
When it comes to job interviews, honesty really is the best policy. Although don’t start reeling off your worst traits to your prospective new boss, obviously.