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 5 things you shouldn’t say in an interview!

Congratulations on securing an interview, you’re over the first hurdle! Now, don’t make one or more of the 5 top interview mistakes.

Find out what some ill-prepared people say during interviews that can blow their chances.

5 key things you should never say at an interview

“Sorry I’m late”

One of the top interview is to be late.  There is rarely a valid excuse for being late for an interview so make sure you have planned your route and left sufficient time to arrive promptly. Arriving late creates a poor first impression.  Aim to arrive 5-10 minutes before your interview time.

“Mmmm, I don’t know”

Not answering an interview question is another top interview mistake. If you didn’t hear the question or didn’t understand it, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat it.  Stay composed and take a moment to consider your answer. If you panic, your mind will go blank. Giving any answer is better than not answering at all.

“No, I don’t have any questions”

Stop right there! You absolutely must have at least two questions prepared to show the interviewer you have done your research and demonstrate a keen interest in the position. Don’t make this top interview mistake! If you need some interview question ideas, have a quick read of our blog post on interview questions.

“What is the salary?”

Very rarely is it considered good etiquette to discuss money at interview stage, it is usually handled once an offer has been made in writing. A top interview mistake is to raise the issue of money. If  the interviewer asks about salary, give a salary range based on industry research you’ve done for people employed in similar roles.

“No, you can’t contact my references

If they are really serious about offering you the job, they may ask you there and then about contacting your references.  Saying no is a top interview mistake! Never refuse if you are serious about the job, they will naturally want to do some due diligence and find out a little more about you and your work history.  If you refuse to let them contact your references, you are raising an instant red warning flag.  Immediately they will be thinking why not?


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