Contact Us

5 Things You Should and Shouldn’t Say in a Job Interview

job interview
iStockphoto

If you’re great at networking, filling out online applications and following up, chances are, you’ve landed an interview or two. Good work. That’s not so easy these days. But your work isn’t over.

In fact, your work is just beginning. The interview is where your true job-getting skills will have to come out. In fact, compared to everything you did to get it, the interview is like doing open-heart and brain surgery while also teaching a child how to tie his shoes. Not the easiest thing in the world.

But if you’re prepared, an interview is a piece of cake. Confidence is one of the most important parts, and that’s something you can give yourself. Beyond that, though, you need to be ready for the questions. You should go to your interview knowing how you’ll answer—or not answer—the different types of questions that will be thrown at you. You have to know what you should and should definitely not say during an interview. Here are some important things to ditch and do in your next interview:

Ditch the Negativity; Do Use a Positive Spin

No employer wants to add a negative person to their team. It does you no good to go to an interview and badmouth your former boss or co-workers. Even if their issues and ways of working caused you to leave the job, you need to put a positive spin on it when asked why you left. If you were fired, don’t focus on the negativity. Even saying the word “fired” can turn an interview in a bad direction. You can say that you and your former employer decided that it wasn’t a good fit. And be careful not to talk about your past work experience by discussing problems. Make sure you keep the focus on solutions and how you handled the situation.

Ditch the Rambling; Do Focus on Your Skills

You don’t have a lot of time in an interview to showcase all the skills you bring to the table, so rambling with “umms” and “uhhhhs” won’t help you at all. An interviewer also wants to see how you think on your feet and if you’re someone who could handle yourself around clients or executives. You aren’t just being evaluated on your skills, but knowing your skills will keep you from rambling.

You’ve seen the job description, so you know the key responsibilities of the position and buzzwords used on the listing. Come to the interview having already prepared to provide examples of your work and skills to answer each of the responsibilities listed in the description. Thinking through your past experience and skill set and how it applies to the job is the kind of preparation that will prevent rambling in an interview while you try to remember what you did at that internship you had in college.

Ditch Talking About Your Weaknesses; Do Describe How You Rise to a Challenge

Often an employer will ask you describe one of your weaknesses on the job. Your instinct will be to come up with something that actually makes you sound really good like, “I like to work weekends too much” or “I’m too dedicated to my job.” Interviewers have heard this before and see it coming a mile away.

What they really want to hear is how you deal with adversity and overcome obstacles, as well as how self-perceptive and mature you are. Be honest about something you’ve had to work on in your career, and then focus on how you met that challenge and others like it. Direct your answer away from a weakness and toward how you use resources to overcome challenges and how you learn from mistakes. Be specific and stay positive.

Ditch the Small Talk; Do Keep It Professional

You may want to break the ice or make a good impression by complimenting your interviewer. Your instinct is correct, but you need to keep the compliment professional. You don’t want to risk awkwardness by being too personal. Do your homework about the company and whom you’ll be speaking with, and have a professional compliment ready.

Find something about the company’s work or a recent recognition the interviewer has earned and use that if you wish to compliment. Then, keep the rest of the interview professional. Don’t tell personal stories as answers to questions. Keep your responses focused on work. Don’t discuss illnesses and other personal-health issues unless the job specifically requires physical activity you aren’t capable of doing for medical reasons. If you feel a question is too personal, do your best to redirect your answer to your work and skills.

Ditch the Embellishments; Do Stick to the Truth

Your skills will speak for themselves. Your experience is your experience. Even if you say you can do or have achieved certain things in the interview, you aren’t going to have any more knowledge and experience than you already have when you start the job. Be honest in your answers while keeping your responses positive. Again, your preparation will serve you here. If there is a job responsibility you haven’t had, relate experience you do have to that specific skill and how what you have done makes you a good fit.

Specific experience isn’t the only thing employers are looking for. They also want to make sure they find good workers and people who will fit in the company and on the team. Making up fake skills and experiences won’t help you as much as providing specific examples of how you are a team player, that you’re interested in the company and a future there, or that you are flexible in your work style and like new challenges.

Texas Tech v Texas
[

Longhorns’ Spelling Error Delights Rival Fans

Sometimes and oops happens.  And this is one that Aggie fans are gonna run with!

In the University of Texas' media guide, it didn't take long at Big 12 Media Days to discover that "Texas" was misspelled.  

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News Tags: ,
police-lights
[

Accident Victim Was A Teen On Her Way To Freshman Orientation at SFA

 

A bad accident Wednesday night claimed the life of an Austin woman, and Stephen F Austin said she was on her way to freshman orientation.

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags: , ,
Win McNamee, Getty Images
Win McNamee, Getty Images
[

Governor Perry Is Sending Troops To The Texas-Mexico Border

Governor Rick Perry announced Monday he was sending a thousand troops to the border with Mexico to combat the border crisis, and said that process will happen over the next month.

Read More|Comment

Malaysian Airlines Flight Reported Missing On Route To Beijing
[

Malaysian Passenger Jet With 295 Onboard Crashes Near Ukraine-Russia Border [UPDATED]

A Malaysia Airlines jet carrying nearly 300 people crashed near the border between Russia and Ukraine, according to Reuters and Interfax. The airline company has confirmed that it has lost contact with the plane, a Boeing 777.

Read More|Comment

Category: News, World News
Stuart Scott
ESPN, YouTube
[

Watch Stuart Scott’s Heartbreaking Speech at the ESPYs [VIDEO]

Longtime ESPN personality Stuart Scott literally took center stage at Tuesday night's ESPY Awards when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. And his speech did not disappoint.

Read More|Comment

Category: News, Sports, Television Tags:
McAllen Police Dept
McAllen Police Dept
[

Texas Judge Arrested for DWI

Late Saturday night, Nora Longoria, a justice with the 13th Court of Appeals in McAllen was arrested and charged with suspicion of DWI. 

Read More|Comment

Category: Texas News Tags:
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
[

Thousands Help Lone Survivor After Her Family Is Killed in Spring, TX

After her family was killed execution style last Wednesday near Houston, people are coming out in droves to help the 15-year old sole survivor.

Cassidy Stay's parents and four siblings were killed in the shootings at their home, but Cassidy survived after a bullet grazed her head and she played dead until the violence ended. Now almost $300,000 has been raised for her benefit, as she starts her new life without her family.

Read More|Comment

Getty Images-Online USA
Getty Images-Online USA
[

Lone Ranger Outfit Brings In Big Bucks at Texas Auction

The family of a late businessman and collector decided to put the original Lone Ranger outfit on the auction block, and it brought in $195,000 at the auction in Waco Saturday.

Read More|Comment

Monkey Business
Monkey Business
[

Three Weeks Left To Nominate a Lufkin Small Business Of The Year

Do you have a favorite ice cream shop, burger joint, lawn service or barber?  Tell everyone about them!

Now is the time to nominate your favorite Mom or Pop shop for Small Business of the Year with the Lufkin Chamber of Commerce.

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags: ,
David McNew/Getty Images
David McNew/Getty Images
[

Game Wardens Have Been Targeting Lakes Looking for Drunk Boaters

If one of your favorite things to do during the summer is pack some frosty beverages on ice and head to the lake, be safe when you hop on the boat!

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags:

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ksfa860.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!