Friday, October 23, 2009

10 Phrases That Kill Your Job Interview

4. "I don't have any experience."

If you are applying for a job in a field in which you have no experience, you are going to have to work extra hard to sell yourself. This is not an impossible task, however. Attitude and enthusiasm will go a long way. If you are inexperienced, do not lie about or exaggerate your experience. Rather, make the most of what you have. If possible, think of some things you have done in your life that are somehow related to the position. For example, you may not have supervised employees in the past, but you may have raised four children and smoothly run a household for many years. Perhaps you were the leader of your daughter's Brownie troop or coached your son's football team. These are all positions of leadership requiring supervisory skills. Demonstrate your enthusiasm for the job and show off the skills and experience you do have that will contribute to the position.

5. "I'll work for free just to get my foot in the door."

In most cases, offering to work for little or no pay in order to get your foot in the door is a mistake. When you offer to work for little or nothing, you are not valuing yourself or giving yourself worth. If you do not value yourself or your talents, how can you expect someone else to do so? Before going into a job interview, make sure you know what the industry standards are as far as pay rates for the position for which you are applying and the amount of experience you have. Know what you are worth, and expect others to know and appreciate that as well.

6. "I'm not willing to work overtime."

Employers do not want to hire employees who are just there to put in time and pick up a paycheck. They want to hire employees who are dedicated to what they are doing and who are willing to go the extra mile when necessary. If the job for which you are applying may require overtime, and you are unwilling or unable to work extra hours due to other commitments, then this may not be the job for you. Otherwise, it is best not to make a blanket statement that you completely rule out the concept of working overtime. Of course, there may be times when you will be unable to accept an offer of overtime hours due to family obligations, but if the job requires it, you had better be open to the possibility of putting in extra hours now and then.

7. "I'm looking for a position that is less stressful and will allow me to work less hours for more pay."

When your prospective employer asks you why you want to come to work for her company, believe me, she does not want to hear that it is because you want a cushy position that will not require much of you. Even if the position will offer substantially better working conditions, what your future boss really wants to know is whether you have a good attitude, enjoy challenge and are excited about opportunities for growth, increased responsibility and career advancement.

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