What Not To Say In An Interview

“I am looking for anything”

Employers look for candidates who are not only passionate about their brand but have taken the time to research the company’s values and culture.
More companies are becoming more socially engaged and are publicizing their culture and activities on social media. This is an easy way for candidates to get an insight into the people and activities that stand out to you. This is a great way to show your interest in an interview.
The right candidate merges insights gathered from researching the company with his/her profile to show how selecting him/her is the right fit.

 “I hate my manager”

Speaking negatively of your previous or current employer simply looks bad. It sends a negative signal that you are difficult to manage and will most likely speak negatively of your next employee.
The main purpose of a face to face interview is to play up your strengths and downplay your weaknesses. If asked about your previous or current role, it is best to focus on your positive experience so far and how you have contributed to your last employer.

“You can see everything on my CV”

Interviews are there to put a face to the resume, so if you have gotten an interview invitation, your resume was a great match for the role. Within a reasonable time, describe details about your previous roles. Avoid answering with just ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.  Disclose more details about yourself and how passionate you are about what you do

“I really need a job!”

Desperately pleading for a job rarely ever works. You need to show enthusiasm for the position while keeping some cards to yourself, like a game of poker if you may. Not only is this unprofessional, unethical employer will prey on your weakness with a low-ball offer. Maintaining a balance between interest and desperation is important.


Not swearing should be obvious; however, it still isn’t obvious to many. It really doesn’t matter how close you have gotten with your potential co-worker until you sign a legal contract, swearing should be off limit during interviews.

Personal problems

Except for problems that have affected your previous job significantly, personal topics should be off the table. This isn’t just unprofessional behavior, it may signal your inability to focus on your career.


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My name is Dami Akinwale and I’m a Recruiter at HRsource in Dubai. By day, you can find me networking with professionals within the Digital Media space. By night, I’m typically creating career-related content, digging through digital marketing news and featuring regularly updated job opportunities on Career Anecdotes©. Also, follow me on LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/damiakinwale

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