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What not to do in your interview

31 Aug 00:00 By Vanessa Dolan

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​If you have been impressive enough to get to the interview, that is great, but can things you say spoil your chances?  Yes, they can.  Here are a few things I have heard of late that have not nailed the interview for the candidate.

I don't want to do overtime

None of us really want to apply for a job with constant overtime, but saying that at an interview is a big no-no.  I feel it does not warrant being brought up by you as a candidate, if asked by the prospective employer I would suggest saying you are open to it but not on a regular basis - the work/life balance is important to you.

I don't want to be in meetings

Again, none of us really love meetings, but they are an integral part of working.  Especially these days when working remotely has a few more team meetings so that workload can be managed remotely.  But again, not great to be the one to bring this up as a potential employee.

I'm not here for the small talk

I understand why this would have been said by a candidate, it was to show that they are a doer and someone who gets on with their job, but this does come across as not being a team player.  Make sure you word it correctly in your interview.

Can you pay for my training course?

Telling the prospective client that you are willing to train up for the role is great, telling them you expect them to pay in your job interview is not.  Discussions like this should really wait until you have the job and when you have been there a couple of months if you really are looking for them to pay for it.  I would then ask the HR Manager to see if future training is available - in most cases, they are, especially if directly related to your role.

For tips on how to nail your interview in the first 5 minutes, read my blog here: