Besides using a resume that is full of grammar mistakes and typos, the easiest way to not be considered for a job is saying silly things during an interview. Sadly, no matter how important it is for a job seeker to present himself in the best possible manner during an interview, so many job candidates fail to prepare enough for the big day.

In a job interview, remember that whatever comes out of your mouth is a reflection of the type of worker and individual you are. Thus, you have to be careful in choosing what to say. Below are the things you must never say during an interview.

“I’m really nervous.”

A job interview is one of the scariest things anyone could go through, but this doesn’t make it acceptable to let your interviewer know how you’re feeling. Companies want to hire people who are confident.

“How much can I expect from this job?”

Being too concerned about the salary could make employers think that all you’re after is money. Companies these days are putting more importance on people who focus on finding a job that aligns with their values.

“My weak point is that I work too hard.”

If asked what your biggest weakness is, make sure you don’t give this answer. Employers know that working too hard is strength, and they know too well that each individual has weaknesses. It’s just a matter of being honest enough to admit them.

“I really need to get this job.”

There’s no way you should sound or look desperate even if you know you desperately need the job. Employers are likely to see desperation as a sign of weakness. Again, it is important for companies to find someone who’s looking to build a career, rather than just get a job.

“My former/current boss is terrible.”

Never say anything against your former company or boss. It just isn’t professional, and you’ll look immature when you do that.

“I need…I want…”

The conversation with a job interviewer should not be all about your wants and needs. More importantly, you should let them realize what their company needs, and what makes you the right person to give them such needs. All companies care about is how they may benefit from you, and not the other way around.

“I’m pregnant/getting a divorce.”

These personal issues or problems don’t have to be mentioned in an interview, especially that it could send employers a signal that you are not stable at the moment because of the tough time you’re going through.

Knowing what and what not to say in a job interview can be much easier by doing enough research, or getting some good advice from a mentor or a career coaching expert. The chance for a job interview may not come so often, so you’ve got to do everything to make it perfect!

Author's Bio: 

Cecile Peterkin is a certified career and retirement coach, and a registered member of the Career Professionals of Canada and the International Coach Federation. She is also the Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Centre, provider of career and life management services for middle managers and mid-career professionals across Canada, United States and Europe.