Interviewing: What NOT to Say

September 29, 2009

There is a lot of information online about potential interview questions, but not as much about “no no” topics and comments.  Given that, we thought it would be helpful to have a “What NOT to talk about in an interview” list.

Below are some examples of topics to refrain from discussing.  To some, they may be common sense, to some a surprise.  To all, take note.

  • You were fired from your last job for violating the NDA, but who cares, NDAs don’t matter
  • How much you enjoy drinking on the job
  • You are planning on moving out of the country in the near future
  • You’ll sue anyone if they make you angry
  • You really need a job, any job
  • You beg for the job
  • You ask if you can wear pajamas to work
  • You got in a fistfight with a co-worker who disagreed with you
  • You discuss your previous boss’s personal problems
  • You discuss your religion and ask the interviewer to come to your church
  • You don’t have references because you never got along with anyone at any job
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