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What You Should NEVER Say In An Interview

Interviews can be very unpredictable. Most of the time we don't know the people interviewing us and feelings of uncertainty and nervousness can lead to awkward conversation. It's completely normal to be nervous, and some even argue that a little obvious nervousness shows that you care. While you can't always prepare for the unexpected, you can prepare in little ways. One proactive thing you can do is check out our interview practice questions and answers, specifically formulated for your career field, here at Not only do we want to help you craft the perfect resume, we also want to help you ace that interview. Sometimes it's not only what you say that's important. It's what you don't say that can save you!

Take a look at what tops our list for things NOT to say.

1. Don't ask how much vacation time the company gives!

You haven't even had your first day of work yet. You definitely should NOT be asking about vacation time. Vacation time is something earned, and although we all want to know if we'll have time to take that dream trip around the holidays, an interview is not the time or place to ask! Once you've had your first day, feel free to go to HR and ask about things like vacation and sick time, if someone hasn't already told you about it that is. Just remember- you want to give the impression that you're ready to work, work, work! So save that question for a later date.

2. Don't inquire about raises and promotions!

An interview is not the time to ask about raises and promotions. You haven't even shown them what you're capable of yet. While you may be confident in your ability to wow your boss and earn that promotion, you need to reach that point before you can inquire about it. Be patient and work hard. This will come in time!

3. Don't get TOO friendly!

What is “TOO friendly”? This is referring to the kind of behavior and conversation you might initiate with a buddy at a sports bar. Even if your interview went great, leave the personal questions and comments for an outside-of-office conversation in the future. Interviews are professional meetings, and hiring managers need to abide by certain standards and policies. Be respectful of that and practice friendliness without the “too” involved. Don't curse or talk inappropriately, and unless you're a minister or politician, leave politics and religion at home!

Overall, what you want to avoid is comments, questions, and behavior that makes you seem lazy, flaky, and unprofessional. Be the winning candidate we know you are! Dress professional, act professional, and ace that interview like the professional you are!

My name is Joost and I have been active as a recruiter for the past 5 years. At, I share my experience, tips and the "secret" tricks to help you get a job. Do you have questions? Please send me an email via the contact form.