Friday, October 23, 2009

10 Phrases That Kill Your Job Interview

8. "I don't like to stay in one place very long."

If your job history shows that you have hopped from one job to another in quick succession, a prospective employer is going to see this as a potential problem. Be prepared to explain why you have three jobs in as many years. Did one company close its doors? Did you outgrow a company because you had advanced as far as you possibly could? Were you recruited away from a company by another company which offered a better salary and more opportunity for career advancement? Your employer is going to want to hear that you had good reasons for changing jobs so many times and to be assured that you are not going to jump ship from his company the minute something better comes along.

9. "I'd like a large salary and a corner office and a private secretary."

You are a salesperson, and what you are selling is you. This is not about what this company can do for you at the interview stage; it is about selling them on what you can do for them. It is important that you value your own worth. If you are at that stage in your career where you can command a high salary, a corner office and a private secretary, then by all means negotiate these items as part of your requirements. But even then, no matter how high up you are on the career ladder, no employee has value to a company if he or she brings nothing to the table. Let your prospective employer know what you have to offer to the company, why he should hire you rather than someone else, and why you would be honored to accept a position within his company.

10. "9 to 5? Boy, that sure takes the best part out of the day, doesn't it?"

I had to throw this one in because it's something that was actually said during a job interview by an interviewee who was less than enthusiastic about work schedule that would be required of her. Needless to say, she was not offered the position. Even if you learn during the interview process that the position may not be exactly right for you, now is not the time to say so. Keep in mind that you may be compelled to accept this position, depending on your circumstances. Remember, too, that even if you do not accept or are not offered this position, it is important to make a good impression. Other positions may open up with this same company in the future, or the person interviewing you may remember you down the road when a friend at another company is looking for someone.

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