1. “How much does the job pay?” – This is ok to ask in the later stages, but makes you seem like you’re only in it for the money, the employer wants to know you’re interested in investing yourself into the role and not just after the money.
2. “I don’t have any questions” – This shows you haven’t researched the company and you’re not keen and motivated, if you can’t think of anything profound to ask, ask simple questions about the company.
3. “I don’t have any weaknesses” – Admitting weakness may seem strange in an interview scenario, and while you shouldn’t say you have weaknesses essential to the job, you can call on historical weaknesses and say how you’ve addressed them over time. Don’t say anything related to the role you’re interviewing for.
4. “My previous manager was awful” – Don’t say anything derogatory about your previous job, it makes you seem bitter and difficult to work with. If the last job didn’t go well, be honest but professional.
5. “Do you mind if I take this call?” – No, don’t take the call. Your phone should be off or on silent so the fact you know it’s ringing is a red flag already.
6. “How much paid holiday do I get?” – This makes it easy for a potential employer to question your motivation and work ethic – you can ask this once you have a job offer.
7. “I don’t have the experience but I want to learn” – This is a red flag to the interviewer that you don’t have all the skills needed. While this may be true, don’t say it explicitly. Talk about the skills you DO have and how you want to build on them.
8. “Sorry I’m late” – Don’t be late.
9. “My biggest weakness is that I work too hard” – You know this isn’t true and so does the person interviewing you. Saying this makes you seem unrelatable, dishonest and a bit of a teacher’s pet.
10. “I don’t know” – Even if you don’t know, don’t say it. Talk about your thought process regarding the question.