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8 things to never to say in a job interview!

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When you're searching for a job, landing an interview can feel like a huge success -- and it is, but for most open positions, the interview is only one step in a long hiring process. For some jobs, dozens of people may be interviewed, and the competition will be fierce. Don't take yourself out of the competition by saying one of these job-interview killers: 

1. What sort of perks do you offer? 
Save talking about benefits and perks for the negotiation stage,after you've gotten a job offer!

2. What does your company do? 
Before you go into your job interview, research what the company does, and come up with some specific ways you can help it do whatever it does better.

3. My last boss was a real %$#*!
Complaining about your last job only reflects badly on you. Even if you're telling the truth, it makes you look like a complainer and poor sport (exactly the type of person no one wants to work with). 

4. "I love your skirt" 
Never compliment interviewers on their phsyical appearance! 

5. I got fired from my last position. 
You never want to lie in a job interview -- but there are more graceful ways to explain that you were fired. 

6. I just want a job -- any job!
This may very well be true, but desperation is not appealing. The interviewer needs to know that you want the particular job you're interviewing for -- and that you're a great fit for it.

7. I don't know. 
If you really don't know the answer to an interview question about you or your background, try "I'll find out and get back to you by the end of the day." 

8. My biggest weakness is that I work too hard.
Never say this as a weakness! So how do you answer the "what's your biggest weakness" question? Choose something not directly related to the role you're applying for that you've made positive efforts to improve. 
 

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