Never Bring These Topics Up in a Job Interview
Many writers and experts have touched on the topic of what to do during a job interview to increase one’s chances of getting a job offer. The articles talk about the right things to wear and the best documentation for one to bring with him or her. However, few people discuss what not to do or what not to say. Some things are better left unsaid and some topics are downright taboo when talking with a potential employer. The following are some of the most common topics a person should never bring up during a job interview:
Why the Applicant Hated the Last Job
One of the biggest mistakes made by interviewees is discussing their former employers in an unfavorable light. Some applicants may think they are gaining the prospective employer’s favor by downplaying the last employer, but usually it’s the opposite that occurs. Prospective employers are often put off by a candidate’s frank disregard for the former employer’s privacy and is concerned that the applicant will do the same to that company one day.
Religious topics and politics have always been kept separate from the workplace as much as possible. And that need for separation increases with each passing year. It is politically incorrect to talk about politics and religion on the job. Therefore, an applicant may want to steer clear of such talk during their interview. Some applicants may feel that honesty is the best policy when it comes to letting the employer know that they observe religious holidays. Some employers will respect it and hire those people anyway. Other employers will see the information as a red flag.
One’s disability is not something to bring up in a job interview unless the prospective employer asks about it, which is not likely to occur. The reason disability information is not a good topic to introduce is that it could allow for potential discrimination. The disabled employee leaves himself or herself open for the employer to hire someone else because of the fear of medical leaves and accommodations.
Plans That Are Not Long-Term
Prospective employers want to hire people who will stay with a company for the long haul. Anything that goes against that expectation is unwise. An applicant should not mention plans of moving or finding a higher paying job elsewhere. While that seems like common sense, many applicants are guilty of providing way too much information during interviews.
Finally, giving personal information to a potential employer is like “way too much information” part two. A prospective employer does not want to hear about one’s marital problems, non-work activities, family issues and the like.
What to Bring up During an Interview
Job skills, positive personality traits, accomplishments and talents are the things that a prospective employer wants to hear. Prospective employers want to hear how the applicant’s myriad of skills can help lower the cost of new hire training. They also want to hear how hiring the applicant can help the company to prosper. Anything short of that is self-defeating and does not put the applicant in the best of lights.