Let’s face it – interviews are stressful and scary for most people. There is someone sitting with your resume, looking at it with a magnifying glass and if that is not enough, they ask you difficult and at times, uncomfortable questions. What makes matters worse – how you answer those questions will either land you the job of your dreams or take you out of the running completely.

To help you navigate the interview cliché-phrase minefield, we have compiled a list of the top phrases and answers to avoid during your next job interview. Let’s dive in:

  1. When asked, what your weaknesses are, you answer “I am a perfectionist”

The reason this is no. 1 on our list, is that this is the phrase that gets used in nearly every interview – and more often than not, it is not accurate.

Instead of using this fall back answer, when you prepare for your interview, think about what your weakness is and think about how to put your weakness in a positive light.

Example of a good answer to “What is your greatest weakness?” is:

I am not fantastic at delegating. However, in my current position as manager, I have made this a focal point of self-improvement by not only moving tasks but also by moving responsibilities and accountability. The more I started aligning the right people with the right tasks and responsibilities, the more effective the team became, and the more effective I became.

  1. “I am a workaholic”

The Covid Pandemic changed the global workforce. Company cultures and focus have shifted. Most employers are seeking staff that has a balance between work-life and private-life. A happy, healthy workforce is more productive than staff that are over worked, become unmotivated and unhappy.

  1. Asking your interviewer “What does your company do, exactly?”

Even if your interview went well, and you are sure this job is yours, by asking this question, the job just fell through your hands. This question indicates to the interviewer that you have not done any research on the company, their products or services. Interviewers want to see that you did research their website, social media pages and that you are prepared.

  1. Saying “No, I do not have any questions”

More often than not, one of the closing questions of an interview is “Do you have any questions for me”. If you say no, it might give the impression that you don’t really want the job, you are not interested enough to learn any more information about the role or company, or that you are just going through the interview-motions to get a counter offer for your current employer.

  1. Never badmouth your previous or current employer or company

There are 3 very good reasons not to badmouth your current employer:

  • It creates a negative atmosphere in the interview
  • It’s unprofessional. Rather be positive (even if it is hard). This demonstrates your ability to be professional no matter what the situation is.
  • Remember, the world is small. Your current employer might know your future employer if you work in a small town or industry
  1. Do not discuss Covid (not even as a conversation starter)

After the global Covid 19 battle and the vaccine drive, everyone has an opinion and reasoning that makes perfect sense to them why they got vaccinated or not. During an interview do not discuss your belief that it works, Covid was a hoax etc. This needs to be treated the same as religion or politics. Taboo.

The company you are interviewing with might have a policy that states all employees must be vaccinated (yes, it is legal to have this policy in the company). Your interviewer might ask you how you spent your time during the lockdown. They don’t want to know that your learned to bake bread or do basic plumbing. They want to know how you grew as an individual, did you get involved with a charity organization or did you complete an online course, to name a few.

  1. Asking questions that sound like “What’s in it for me”

Questions like vacation time, perks and salary are classified as “what’s in it for me” questions. But potential employers want to know what’s in it for them. What skills you bring to the company, and which qualities and strength you will bring to the team.

  1. Admitting you are nervous

Admitting you are nervous might come across to the interviewer that you are not prepared for the interview and have a lack of confidence. This is especially true for any role you are interviewing for that is in the sales industry. Sales reps need to be confident to sell a product. If you admit you are nervous it might translate to your interviewer you will be nervous in front of clients and potential clients.

We hope that this blog has helped you better prepare for your next interview!

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