Top 10 Things you should never Do or Say in an Interview

Top 10 Things you should never Do or Say in an Interview

In today’s world, everyone is struggling to make their own mark and stand at their own desired workplaces. Everyone struggles to get jobs, and thus everyone is constantly struggling to make an impression on their bosses and higher authorities. It is extremely important to create the best impression you can in the recent scenario when competition is high, and especially when you know that there are thousand others struggling and fighting for the same job and the same post as you are. So you obviously know that there is no room for mistakes when you go for interviews because as it is rightly said, the first impression is the last impression. So here are the top 10 things you should never indulge yourself into to get your desired post and job without any reason of doubt.

10. Don’t let nervousness lead you out of the job


Nervousness can do excruciating harm to you, especially when you are right there sitting and trying to make a mark on the interviewer. Yes, talking is good because the more you talk, the more information you give to your bosses regarding you and what you want. But in the process, always remember to stay quiet when in doubt or when you are too nervous to say or remark on something, because that might just kick you out of the job.

9. Never forget to ask questions

Never forget to ask questions

Keep your eyes and ears open and try asking questions regarding your job profile, about the organization, and about the employers and staff. Asking questions gives an impression to the interviewer that you are actually keen on the job.

8. Never ill talk about your former employer/organization

never ill talk

Talk of new opportunities and growth when you are asked about the reason as to why you left your previous organization. There is no point talking about how bad your previous boss was or how unhappy you were with their receptionist. Just play it safe and keep things positive.

7. Never show them your weaknesses straight up

Never show your weakness

A lot of times, people might think that it is good to be completely honest about how you are and what are your weaknesses and faults, but that’s actually false. No one is really interested in how angry you get in a short time or how scared you are of heights. Just talk to them of the lessons that you have learnt and how you learnt from your failures, but don’t let anyone know of your weaknesses directly, just to take advantage of you.

6. Never underestimate the art of body language

Art of body language

Body language is actually an extremely useful and persuasive tool when it comes to job interviews. A positive and a confident body language portrayed by you could do wonders on the interviewer and would give him a glimpse of how sure you are of what you actually want out of the organization and the job.

5. Never say ‘I don’t know’

Never say I don't know

If you are unsure about something, it is still best to give a positive reply saying that “I feel” or “I think” rather than just ending up giving a negative impression by saying that you completely don’t know about something. It is important to understand that there is nothing wrong to not know about something, but there is something wrong in giving a negative attitude about yourself and the knowledge you possess.

4. Never give away a weak handshake

Never give a weak handshake

A weak and a limp handshake just portrays and establishes a sense of nervousness, doubt and poor confidence level. Be strong and hold the other person’s hand firmly while shaking as a sense of positive gratitude. Remember that a confident handshake would not only impress the interviewer and your boss but would also get you out of the uncomfortable and nervous situation.

3. Never ask awkward and strange questions

never ask strange questions

Ask questions regarding the organization but don’t end up asking things like “What’s my salary going to be like?” or “How many holidays would I get in a year?” These questions are something which should be completely refrained from asking as it shows you to be desperate on the job and someone who is not really interested in hard work and determination. Don’t let your interviewer think negative of you.

2. Never arrive late for the interview

never be late for an interview

Always try reaching the spot and reaching the interview at least five minutes before time. Punctuality is one of the best and first fields where you can leave the best or the worst impression on your bosses. Reaching the interview late and making the interview wait could be a big turn off for your employers. Rather, just reach the interview spot 5 or 10 minutes earlier so that you can take your own time to build your composure, relax yourself, boost your confidence and crack your interview.

1. Never dress inappropriate for an interview

While it is best known to wear western formals during an interview, it is always best to know what exactly the dress code is for the interview laid down by the organization. The perfect and smartest dressing sense would help you stand out from the rest of the crowd. So do your best for this one time to make yourself look presentable and make sure that you are well-dressed for the interview.

  • Raman Kumar

    hey priyam, that’s a nice piece of work there! quite helpful. but do tell me something about the 6th point. i mean yea positive body language, fine and accepted,but how? i mean like i have a tendency to use hand movements while i explain a particular thing but most of my professors ask me to refrain that in interviews! what’s your stance on this?

    • priyam ghosh

      Firstly, a lot of people, including me, do use hand movements because it helps in getting your point clearer and more distinct to your bosses. But too much or excessive use of hand movements actually annoys the other person after a point of time. Use hand movements only when you need to put an important point forward to them, not for every sentence you use. A lot of people, (i specifically don’t mean you), due to nervousness, start using their hand movements a lot, which portrays a negative vibe to the interviewer, and that’s why we are mostly asked to refrain from movements such as hand gestures and moving around while talking. Using hand movements is good, but excess of it distracts the other person after a point. That’s what i have experienced in the interviews I have come across. Whatever you do, keep it limited.