It should be no surprise to an applicant that arrives 15 minutes late, or ill prepared, that perhaps some prior planning should have been in order. The interview questions are fairly standard, but the responses from those applying for a job are often quite surprising. I personally interviewed a young woman who arrived, doughnut in hand, and made the comment, “I would shake your hand, but I’m afraid I’m a little sticky.” She was otherwise a fairly good candidate, but never was a consideration due to her grand entrance.
12 Things Not to Say During an Interview:
- Sorry I’m late; I just can’t get started without my first cup of coffee.
- When do I get my first paycheck?
- Do I have to wear a suit?
- I can start Monday, but I’m already scheduled to take a 3-week vacation next month.
- I’m just not a morning person.
- Nope, no other questions.
- When is lunch around here?
- I left my last job because my boss was such a jerk.
- Do you pay for my mobile phone? Texting and iTunes too?
- This sounds pretty easy.
- How many sick days do I get a year?
- What’s the policy on dating colleagues?
In today’s competitive job market, one inappropriate comment can easily turn into a monumental career roadblock. Wake up early and enjoy your caffeine before you get to the interview.