Worst Possible Things to Say During a Job Interview

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There are plenty of jobs hiring right now. You hardly need to look up “job posts near me” to find one since most retail stores and restaurants have Help Wanted signs hanging in the windows right now.

If you’re looking to score one of these jobs, you might be wondering how to navigate the interview, especially if your skills are a little rusty. Here are some of the worst possible things you can say during a job interview–avoid them and you might just get the job.

Don’t Threaten to Take Their Job

The common “Where do you see yourself in five years” question isn’t there to trick you. Companies want to see growth projections in five-year chunks, and they want you to think about your career the same way. However, telling the interviewer that you see yourself in their position in five years is a surefire way to lose out on that opportunity.

Instead, if you really feel like you could go places with the company, just say that. Tell the interviewer you feel like you could excel in this role in the next five years.

Don’t Ask About the Benefits

When you’re interviewing for the job and they ask if you have any questions, try to avoid asking about how much time off you get or what kind of insurance the company offers. While these are important things to know, you don’t want to give the interviewer the impression that you’re only interested in the paycheck.

Discussion about benefits, compensation, and the like can take place once the job offer is made. That’s when you’ll see things like the benefits and time off. At that point, you can start asking more in-depth questions or negotiating. But during the interview, your best bet is to keep questions focused on things that are about the role or the company itself.

Don’t Say You’re a Perfectionist

Seriously, they’ve heard this one. It’s not clever, and it’s not going to win you points with the interviewer. When they ask “What’s your worst quality,” don’t lie to them and say that you’re just too much of a perfectionist and work too hard.

Ideally, pick something about yourself that bugs you, that you’re working on, and that doesn’t directly impact your job performance. Maybe you need to work on being more patient or on spending less money on clothes. Be honest here; interviewers can tell when you’re making stuff up.