What not to say in a job interview

on BLOG, career, Coaching 3 Apr, 2017

What not to say in a job interview

Today I want to talk about job interviews, a subject that recurs frequently in my career coaching paths, especially with private coachees. In particular, I will focus on some sentences that can potentially lead to major damage to the candidate and that it's preferable to avoid or to phrase correctly.rretta e consapevole.

  1. 1. "Let me introduce myself, I've done this, earlier I was ..."

Because of the tension and in an attempt to "manage" the interview, the candidate often begins to talk about himself, repeating - among other things - information already summarized in his resume. That's a mistake! You have to listen before speaking: this rule applies not only to the professional coaches (well trained in the active listening), but also to the candidates for a job. Who manages the interview is the HR person or the future line manager and not giving him the right space or not recognizing his leadership can be an irretrievable initial error.

  1. 2. "This job / this company has always been my dream!"

Being motivated is good; being open and positive, too. But giving the impression of always having been a fan of the company is as unprofessional as not credible. Rather, I suggest you say that, among your various options, this is the one that matters most for a few specific reasons. In this way, you could also show that you know the context the company is.

  1. 3. "Can you describe the company?"

Asking vague and superficial questions about the company is counterproductive, because this ignorance gives the only impression that you arrived there by chance. Instead - I emphasize this point – it's always important to make understand you "studied" the company in general and the job searched in particular, being ready to ask two or three relevant and focused questions. The company website, its reputation, the LinkedIn pages that talk about it and the description of its products or services allow now to get a good idea of the company in a few clicks.

  1. 4. "I left the previous company because ..."

Sooner or later, this question will be asked by the evaluator: why have you left your previous job or do you intend to do so? Answering negatively or superficially doesn't help; rather, describe succinctly and in a demonstrable way the objectives you achieved and be convincing about your need of new and more challenging goals.

  1. 5. "What are the benefits?"

Of course you'll never think to ask this question at the beginning of the interview, but beware of the timing! Only after dealing with the themes of values, organization, market share, global business dynamics, skills and competences you can take into account the financial and material aspects of an offer.

  1. 6. "I want to be honest: my former boss was a true ..."

Never speak badly of the previous company, its management and of your former boss: it just give a well-founded feeling that you'll do the same with them, if you had to leave them one day. Even if the tone of the interview is friendly and the climate is of great openness, be careful not to make unnecessary and rancorous appreciations: loyalty, confidentiality and measure first. And gratitude for the previous company...






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