There are so many ways that job interviews can go wrong — the possibility of being super late, being underprepared and other slip-ups — you should also be mindful of your word choice. Your language can speak volumes about who you are as a candidate.
Here are some things you should avoid saying during a job interview.
Don’t hurl insults about the office space you walk into
So the office building is a lot less modern than you thought it would be. Does the recruiter need to know that? Of course not. This is much better kept to yourself.
Hiring managers didn’t check out your application and invite you for an in-person interview to witness you wasting the opportunity.
You may not look like a good fit for the company — even if you exceed the qualifications.
Use “filler words” as little as possible
“Personally, I never realized that this was an issue until it was brought to me attention and I started watching footage of me speaking. Sure enough, I was throwing out a lot of ‘ums.’ To correct this problem, I started speaking more slowly. If there was a question that I had to think about, I would remain completely silent until I could find the right words. Don’t worry if you’re concerned about there being an awkward silence. It’s better to pause and say nothing-at-all than filling the air with a stream of filler words,” he writes.
Lay off the profanity
You should never cross this line.