In a job interview, you are being judged on everything you say. Here are 5 things you should never communicate to a prospective employer.
1. THAT YOU SEE THIS JOB AS A STEPPING STONE TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER.
Demonstrate that the job at hand is a great career move for you — and not just a jumping off point for what you really want to do.
2. ACTUAL WEAKNESSES.
Think of an actual weakness, something that isn’t an essential requirement for the job, and explain how you became aware of it and are working on improving upon it.
3. RESENTMENT FOR PAST EMPLOYERS OR JOBS.
Most of us have had bad bosses or negative working relationships. Regardless of the situation, say it was a great learning experience for your career at the time, but that you have outgrown the role and are excited about taking on new challenges.
Employers don’t want to hear that you really need the job. Sounding too desperate can make you a poor choice of hire. Instead think about what you can offer, what you bring to the table. The job interview is really about the employer’s needs and how you can help them.
5. LACK OF CONFIDENCE.
Everybody gets nervous in job interviews so practice in advance. Be aware of your body language. A firm dry hand shake, proper eye contact, and a warm smile can go a long way to projecting confidence.
In a job interview, you want to communicate that you’d be an asset to the employer for your skills and a great member of the team for your winning personality. Coming across as negative, nervous, or needy will only hurt your chances of getting hired.
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