There are many people who feel uncomfortable even when someone mentioned a job interview. It is true that these interviews can be stressful but with a small preparation and practice you can turn this interview into something really pleasant and comfortable. The fear of job interview usually originates from the fact that many people perceive it as a meeting in which they are in a subordinate position. The fact is that the job interview is between two equal sides that are trying to create a business relationship. This is not a type of conversation where one of the sides is begging or asking for something. The company needs to find an employee and the person on the interview needs a job. If you are able to look at this activity from this angle you will focus on two more important things – what you can offer to the other side and what would be their benefit to hire you. However, it is necessary to bear in mind that the job interview just like any other conversation between two potential and equal business partners has its own allowed and forbidden questions. There are some things that your potential employer should not talk about, but there are also some things that you need to skip or avoid during an interview. That’s why we are pointing out three of these things that you shouldn’t talk about.
- First and foremost, you should never talk bad about your previous job/company. Just like in the case of dating a new person – no one wants to listen about your ex partner. Although you are trying to tell everyone how bad the other side was, you are the one that will get negative points. Working for some company is a matter of personal choice. At the moment when someone offers you a job, you have the right to refuse that offer. Likewise, if the working atmosphere becomes bad you can always quit. Criticizing your former employer speaks more about you than about the former employer in the eyes of the person doing the interview. If you are talking bad things about your former employer and even go in details your potential employer might think that you can do the same about them in the future.
- What are your weaknesses is a regular question on many job interviews. You should never claim that you are perfect and that you don’t have any weaknesses. Of course, you don’t need to point out that you have some weakness that can jeopardize the working process, but you need to mention some flaw and immediately offer a solution for that flaw. In some cases this doesn’t need to be some important weakness. For example, if you are applying for a job in a company that works with some foreign company and your position is not directly linked to communication you can mention that you have some knowledge in that foreign language (if you really do) and that you will try to improve your knowledge in the future.
- Finally, don’t forget that this is an interview. You can tell why you want to work for that company, but no one wants to listen to your personal story. Don’t get into details because we are all aware of the difficult living conditions and how difficult it is to find a job. Everyone has their own life story, but this story should not be presented on a job interview because this is an interview where you need to talk about the work.