Everyone knows that a job interview can be extremely stressful, so it’s a good idea to be as prepared as possible when you go in. To that end, here are some phrases you should never use while getting interviewed for a coveted job, as well as an explanation about why they should be dodged. Avoid these and you’ll likely be one step closer to getting an offer.
“What does the company do?” This kind of question shows that you didn’t even do the most basic research before the interview. If you don’t know what the company does, why are you even there?
“I realize I’m probably not the most qualified for the job.” Never sell yourself short. As Money notes, if you weren’t qualified, the interviewer would’ve simply contacted someone else. You’re there for a reason.
“Anyone I should avoid in the office?” It’s not a good idea to give an indication that you’re going to bring drama to an office before you even get the job.
“I’d eventually like to have your job.” It’s good to have goals, but maybe keep this one to yourself. The interviewer likely isn’t going to be too excited about hiring someone who wants to take over their role.
“I didn’t like my last boss.” Again, this is fine to think, not okay to actually say. The interviewer might hear this and wonder when, exactly, you’ll start to dislike them. No matter how bad your previous boss was, it simply doesn’t have any bearing on your new boss. Keep the drama to a minimum and you’ll be more likely to get positive feedback.