7 things employers are sick of hearing in job interviews

Learning what not to say in an interview can significantly boost your chances of getting hired. Make sure you’re not tanking your job prospects and check out the 7 things employers are sick of hearing at job interviews.


1. Acronyms as words

If you really want to wear your millennial badge on your sleeve, using phrases like “LOL” and “OMG” will reveal your immaturity and inexperience. It can be challenging to remove colloquial language from your vocabulary, but what’s harder is never finding a job. These spoken acronyms are fine among your friends, but during a job interview they undermine your professionalism and remind your potential employer just how young and inexperienced you are.


2. “Like…um…”

Little filler words and ticks may seem minor, but they can do some serious damage to how you’re perceived as a professional. Of course, completely ridding your speech of these words is impossible. However, it’s important to put some effort into minimizing use of this kind of language. These words will make you appear less confident and less professional overall. Try to do some practice interviews with family or friends where you use these words as little as possible.


what not to say in an interview


3. Long, unrelated tangents

Expanding on an interview question is a great way to provide more detail and anecdotal evidence about your qualifications and experience. However, if your story isn’t directly related to a question you were asked or your work experience, it’s probably a waste of everybody’s time. Keep it professional.


4. Swear words

Cursing or lewd language is absolutely not recommended during a job interview. In general, swearing should occur outside of office premises. However, at an interview using a curse word is wildly inappropriate and reflects very poor judgment.


5. Negativity

Negative phrases like “I can’t”, “I don’t” and “I won’t” are a big red flag for hiring managers and recruiters. What most companies want is an individual who is positive, hardworking and willing to learn, even if they don’t have the exact skills required for the position. If you come in with a negative attitude or highlight things you don’t know how to do without expressing a willingness to grow, odds are you’re not going to get the job.


what not to say in an interview


6. Interruptions

There is no circumstance in which interrupting your interviewer is appropriate – unless you’re about to throw up or you’re going through some sort of medical emergency. Showing respect for your interviewer is very important and interrupting them is the quickest way to lose their interest in you.


7. “I don’t have any weaknesses”

Employers almost always ask for some sort of honest answer about your weaknesses. These are consistently tough questions to answer because you’re expected to reveal something unflattering about yourself. However, the easiest way to blow this question is by avoiding it. Saying that you don’t have any weaknesses or are a perfectionist is going to make the hiring manager roll their eyes. Be honest (and brief) about your shortcomings but follow it up with what you’re doing to improve on these skills. Maybe talk about how you find public speaking difficult, but have taken on more communication tasks to tackle that weakness.


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Sources: Reddit


1. based on Manager for a Day, by FTTUB, CC-by-2.0

2. based on One Man Wave, by Mark Turnauckas, CC-by-2.0

3. based on Application – pen2, by Flazingo Photos, CC-by-2.0


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

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1 Comment

  1. Kelvin Okello on May 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you for the article. It helped alot! Keep up the good work.

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