You don’t want your job interview to turn into a rude awakening.
One of the worst places that you can come off as disrespectful is in front of a hiring manager.
You want to charm and impress your interviewer, not turn them off with bad behaviour.
Here are some particularly inconsiderate, potentially alienating things to avoid saying in an interview:
title=”1. ‘I’ve been waiting a while'”
content=”You are totally justified in being annoyed that your interviewer kept you waiting. That being said, you get no brownie points for grumbling.
According to Fast Company, a very tardy job interviewer doesn’t cast the company you’re interviewing with in a particularly good light.
But, for the sake of not burning any bridges, it’s probably better to avoid calling them out on that.”
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title=”2. ‘Hi! I know I’m late but…'”
content=”Yes, it’s a double standard that the interviewee can’t be late while the interviewer can get away with it. Still, in most cases, that’s just the way it is.
Make sure you give yourself enough time to get to the job interview — even if that means showing up super early and waiting around at a nearby coffee shop, Business Insider previously reported.
And if you are late, don’t draw attention to it or make excuses. Quickly apologise and move on.”
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title=”3. ‘Are you married?/Do you have kids?/How old are you?/etc.'”
content=”Keep things professional. Never ask the interviewer any personal questions — or anything that could be offensive.
You’ll come across as prying, and potentially a bit creepy.
That goes especially for potentially insulting queries, like whether or not a woman is pregnant.
‘If you are not pregnant, it is very much a ground-swallow-me-up-now moment as you struggle to find the words to explain to a perfect stranger that it is very much just a food baby under your jumper,’ Catherine Phillips wrote in the Metro.”
title=”4. ‘Who should I avoid in the office?'”
content=”Don’t embroil yourself in coworker drama before you’ve even stepped foot into the office. This just makes you sound like a petty person.
Saying something like this might make the hiring manager suspect that you’re an untrustworthy gossip.
Elana Lyn Gross writes in the Career Contessa that office rumour-mongers are particularly troublesome, as they spread both true and false information to ‘undermine’ coworkers.
Don’t indicate to the hiring manager that you’re going to cause trouble in the office down the line.”
title=”5. ‘S—,’ ‘b—-,’ ‘f—,’ etc.”
content=”Angrily swearing at someone (your interviewer or otherwise), on the other hand, would definitely knock you out of the running. This goes double for any offensive, racist, or sexist speech.
But in general, hold off on the profanities. Curse words will make you sound rude, vulgar, and unprofessional.
Plus, Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz previously reported that a 2012 study found that people perceive those who swear as being less intelligent.”
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title=”6. ‘Excuse me, I need to take this call really quickly'”
content=”It’s better to just avoid this pitfall by silencing your phone, Jennifer Parris writes for FlexJobs.
But accidents happen. If you’re halfway through a job interview when your phone starts ringing, don’t take the call. ‘It’s disrespectful to the interviewer, even if you just blurt into the phone, ‘I’ll call you right back, and hang up,’ Parris writes.
Instead, apologise immediately and silence your phone.”
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title=”7. ‘I just need a job'”
content=”Seriously, contain your enthusiasm. This may be true, but definitely don’t admit it to your interviewer.
Writing for SnagaJob, Amy White recommends coming into the interview truly prepared to answer the question: ‘Why do you want to work here?’
‘Enthusiasm, eagerness, and energy are a first-time job hunter’s best friend,’ she writes.
Be ready to talk about your long-term goals, interest in the company, and desire to improve your professional skills. Otherwise, you might end up blurting out that you’re just desperate.”
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title=”8. ‘Sorry — I’ve got to run!'”
content=”What have you got, a date or something? Try to keep your schedule relatively uncluttered on the day of the interview.
Forbes reported that there are certain instances when it’s probably best to just pack your things and go.
But unless you’ve hit rock bottom in the interview, or the interviewer is some sort of psychopath, it’s probably best to just wait it out.”
title=”9. ‘The office isn’t what I thought it would be'”
content=”You’re here as a job candidate, not as a super-critical interior decorator. Don’t imply that you’re disappointed or underwhelmed.”
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content=”This one’s a toss-up. Some people are totally cool with being called things like ‘guys’ or ‘ladies.’ Others get really irked. It’s probably better to err on the side of caution here, lest you come off as belittling or disrespectful.
Etiquette expert and speaker Jacqueline Whitmore previously told Business Insider that it’s probably not a good idea to use slang or casual language, unless you’re certain that sort of thing matches the organisation’s company culture.
Err on the side of formality.”
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title=”11. ‘That’s not how I’m used to doing it'”
content=”If you start talking about the nitty gritty details of your new job, make sure to avoid coming across like you think you know better than anyone else. Criticising the company’s way of doing this is a surefire way to alienate your interviewer.
Plus, Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz reports that highly intelligent folks are ‘flexible and able to thrive in different settings.’ Clinging to your old habits and methods could make you seem stubborn and narrow-minded.
Jacquelyn Smith contributed to a previous version of this article.”