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5 Things You Should Never Do At a Job Interview

Attending a job interview can be nerve-wracking.  Between worrying about what to say and what to wear, it’s enough to keep you up at night with anxiety.

However, with the right tips and preparation, you can impress your potential new employer and hopefully get the job that you want.  When it comes to the do’s and dont’s of job interviews, here are some things that you should definitely not do during your interview.

Talk Badly About Previous Employers

You wouldn’t go on a first date and start talking badly about your ex, would you?  Don’t even think about attending a job interview and trash-talking your ex-employer.

Regardless of how valid your complaints are, whether you suffered an accident due to their negligence, or you were unjustly fired, it’s just not a good idea to bring up.  

When you start speaking badly about your ex-employer, your interviewer will begin to assume that it’s only a matter of time until you start talking badly about your next employer. Remember, your job interviewer isn’t your personal therapist.  They’re your potential new boss. Don’t air your dirty laundry to them. Save it for a friend or family member.

Make Early Demands

Most seasoned professionals will advise against being the first person to bring up your salary in an interview.  It’s generally considered in poor taste to start talking about numbers too early on.

You want to show your interviewer that your biggest priority is learning more about the company and whether you’ll be a good fit.  When you talk about money prematurely, you’re showing where your priorities are.

Once they make an offer, then you can start negotiating salaries.

Arrive Too Early Or Late

In the world of business, arriving “on-time” is five minutes early.  Arriving any earlier may translate as desperation, and arriving on time or late may translate into tardiness.

If you’re committed to landing the job, try to familiarize yourself with the route as early as you can.   That way you can avoid getting lost and arriving late.

Forget Your Resume

A lot of job interview candidates assume that since they emailed their resume before being called in that, they won’t need to bring one to the interview.

However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Your interviewer has hundreds of resumes that they’ve got on their desks.  The last thing they want to have to do is find your resume in the middle of a messy pile.  Arrive prepared and make their job easier.

Leave Your Phone On

Be sure to put your phone on mute before you arrive at the interview.  Receiving notifications and calls while in their office will only look unprofessional.