Date Published: 28-06-2017

A few weeks ago we went through some of the things that an interviewer should never ask you in a job interview, but arguably more important are things that you shouldn’t say as a candidate.

When going to an interview, you need to make a great impression on your potential boss-to-be and effectively talk as you would if you were to be employed.

Here are some of the key things you shouldn’t say and why:

  • I hate my job/company/boss – Even if you’re asked directly you should avoid saying that you hate anything about your current role because how is the interviewer to know that you won’t say it about them?
  • What’s the salary? – Of course, money is going to be on your mind but if you directly ask about money, it looks like that’s all you care about. Let the interviewer bring it up first.
  • I’ve already got a holiday booked so won’t be able to start for a while – Even if you do have a holiday booked, don’t bring it up unless you’re asked because chances are that if your interviewer is asking, they’re interested.
  • Do you mind if I take this call? – WHY DO YOU HAVE YOUR PHONE ON IN THE FIRST PLACE?
  • Any kind of profanity – Surely this is a given but just in case. Even if your interviewer swears, it doesn’t give you free reign to do so.
  • I don’t have a car/childcare sorted yet – You don’t want to give the interviewer any kind of doubt that you won’t be able to get to work or have the availability needed for whatever reason. You shouldn’t be asked about either of these things either.
  • Basically anything that could be deemed offensive or inappropriate – This may seem obvious but it’s not. Sometimes if people get too relaxed in an interview they feel a bit more comfortable about talking about drunken nights out and we’ve even heard of candidates making subtle innuendo. This is not OK! Basically don’t say anything that you wouldn’t say to a client or a customer.
  • Clichés – Seriously. It may seem clever to say things like “I’m not a one trick pony”, “I think outside the box” or “I could sell beer to a brewery” but it’s not OK. Real life examples, however, are!
  • I have no questions – Always have questions. At least three, maybe more, and they should be related to the job you’re interviewing for and not about the company. Asking about the company looks like you’ve done no research.


Of course, some of these seem blaringly obvious but some not so much. Of course, it’s great to feel relaxed and confident in an interview but being too relaxed and confident could easily spoil your chances of that dream job.

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