You’re stoked. You landed the interview, and you’re prepping for all the potential questions that might come flying your way. Deciding how you’ll respond to difficult interview questions is important. More than likely, you have managed to identify your answers to questions, such as, “What are your greatest weakness and strength?” But once that is out of the way, start thinking about how you’ll present yourself to your potential new employers.
Before any job interview, it’s important to pull yourself together in more ways than just putting on your fancy clothes. Take some deep breaths, look in a mirror, and give yourself a pep talk. Stand in your superhero pose, and convince yourself that you’ve got this.
There is absolute value in connecting with your interviewer, but don’t get overzealous. It’s amazing what comes out of people’s mouths when they sit down for an interview, usually because of nerves. Here are just a few phrases and questions you should never say in an interview. Remember, you don’t have the job just yet.
1. ‘What exactly do you guys do around here?’
You’re off to a really bad start if you didn’t take 30 minutes out of your day to investigate what the company does. This is rule No. 1, folks. You managed to get your resume into the hands of someone who felt you were worthy of an interview. So dig in a little, and know what’s going on before you walk through the door.