Interviews are stressful and nerve-wracking. There’s no denying that. Sometimes, when we are nervous, we say or do things that don’t accurately represent how we really are. During an interview, your goal is to present yourself as credible and qualified. But, there are certain things you may be saying that make you sound rude, even if you’re not a rude person. Below are examples of things you should avoid saying in an interview when trying to show you are the best candidate for the position.
“I had to wait a while.”
Your interviewer will tell you to arrive at a certain time, but the interview may actually start just a bit later than you were expecting, especially if others were in line before you. Remember, you are on their time and although it may be frustrating that you had to wait, refrain from acting inconvenienced. If you tell your interviewers you’ve been waiting, it will come across as though you’re annoyed with them. This will not make them want to work with you.
“Are you married?”
This and other personal questions, whether it’s about children or private matters, should be avoided. If your interviewer brings up these topics, of course you should respond appropriately. But, you need to take it upon yourself to remain professional. So, although you want to connect with those in the room, follow their lead and stay on topic.
“I’m sorry, I have to take this call.”
First off, your phone should be silenced and put away during an interview. If you notice it vibrating in your bag because a call is coming through, do not take it out and look at it. This is terribly unprofessional and disrespectful. Getting distracted by your phone during an interview shows others present that you are not taking the meeting seriously and that your mind is elsewhere. So, either silence it and keep it tucked away, or leave it in the car altogether.
“I really need this job.”
It’s appropriate to elaborate on your qualifications, but do not sound desperate. Interviewers do not want to feel pressured that they have to help you out by giving you the job. You can discuss your interest in the organization and your eagerness to be part of the team, but keep your enthusiasm in check. Focus on your goals and how you can be an asset to the company.