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Preparing for any job interview is key. You don't want to walk into an interview unprepared and nervous. Instead, you want to be calm and confident. There are many websites, books, and other resources that can prep you on what to say, however there are a few things that you should never say.

I Hate My Boss

  • While it may be true that you are seeking new employment because you hate your boss, you should never say bad things about your current or previous employers. It won't gain you sympathy; you'll just get labeled as a troublemaker or as very unprofessional.

I Don't Know

  • You should erase "I don't know" from your vocabulary as it makes you look uninformed. If you really don't know the answer to a question, then replace "I don't know," which could make you sound incompetent, with "That's a great question. I'm not sure, but I am going to find out."

    Keep in mind that saying you don't know is a really bad answer if the question is, "Why do you want to work here." So save yourself some trouble and have an answer prepared for that question before you go to the interview.

No

  • Sometimes "no" is the right answer and other times it's the worst thing you can say. For example, if the question is, "Do you know what we do here?" you most definitely don't want to say, "No." Also, if they ask, "Do you have any questions?" you should always ask at least one well-thought out question---even if you already know the answer. Saying no makes it seem like you have little interest in the company.

I Don't Have Any Weaknesses

  • Yes, you do have weaknesses and you need to be able to discuss them in a professional way. Stating you don't have any weaknesses either makes you look arrogant, or it makes it seem like you are very unaware.

    And don't even think about using the line "I work too hard." In a Reader's Digest article, Brian Scudamore, founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a junk removal company, described that as a fake weakness. Instead, you should state a weakness and what you are doing to correct it. For example, "Sometimes I have a hard time remembering things, so now I always write everything down."

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