You want to make your best impression on the interview. You may have the right experience and skills, but you will seriously limit your chances of getting an offer if you do any of the following:
We all want to embellish the truth. Interviewers expect some exaggeration. You need to be careful, however, in crossing the line and telling outright lies. When you least expect it, the truth will come out. Then you will regret it.
Slang is not used in the work environment, so it should be avoided during the interview and in all correspondence. You want to sound intelligent and articulate your points.
Say negative things about past employers, bosses and associates
People know that if you say bad things about others, you can say bad things about them. Besides, nobody likes to be around people who are critical and judgmental. Focus on the positive things you want in your next job, like more responsibility and authority and greater opportunity for personal growth and advancement.
Ask what the company does
You should know the kinds of products and services the company brings to the market. You can always look at their website, ask people prior to the interview, and use various research sources, like the ones listed in the Resource Center of this website.
Ask what the company can do “for me”
President Kennedy said it great,” Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Have the same attitude. Be ready to be a valuable contributor to the team, helping the organization achieve beyond its goals and objectives.
Discuss personal situations
You want to shy away from discussing your personal life during the interview. If asked, you can talk about hobbies, personal interests and leisure-time activities. Everybody has their share of personal and family issues, but you don’t bring them to the workplace or the interview. Bringing them up causes you to appear unprofessional and unfocused. Better to maintain a businesslike posture.
Say you can’t do something
If you are asked about doing something you have little or no experience doing, you can mention that you have not had much opportunity to perform the specific activity or job function. Stress your eagerness to learn and your ability to be a fast learner. Be enthusiastic about the opportunity to do the particular job. Point out other areas where you had to learn something on the job, and how you performed that activity well. Express confidence in your ability to apply the learning skills you have, learn the specific job and excel in it.