It is true that when we are looking for a job, we tend to reveal much more information than required in hope of getting the desired job. We often miss out on the facts that why the interviewer actually asking the specific question. Obviously, when you face a question in an interview like, 'Tell me Something about yourself' or 'Why you want to change the job' OR 'What is your weakness' and so on, there is a specific reason behind asking the same. Every HR manager or recruiter knows the obvious answers and can make out whether the answer is scripted or real. Still, the questions are asked and you are judged on various parameters varying from your communication skills, body language, behavioral skills, diplomatic skills including your 'hiding the truth' skills. Yes, you read it right!! To give an example, I once interviewed a mother of 2 who was telling me that she was working from last five years in his husband's proprietor establishment. I knew that she was on her sabbatical leave but I kept on asking few questions regarding the job profile she handles there and she kept on answering confidently. In the end, I hired her and it was one of my best decision when it came to talking to clients in the most diplomatic way.
So, here are few tips on what you should not reveal in an interview to keep your chances of getting hired high.
The reason for you getting fired. It may not be your mistake for losing the job, however it can arise many questions in interviewer’s mind. And, you should not give even a single doubt for hiring you for the job.
Don’t reveal your worries. It is always advisable that you keep your worries and insecurities to yourself regarding the new role you are applying for. You might not sure about the software or the profile or the culture or the industry you are applying for, but telling them that I would try to cope with the changes may not go well with the interviewer.
Your previous employer was not good. You might have had tough time handling your previous employer but talking bad about it is a big No. You never know if they also came across similar situation with any of their present employee. And hiring a person with negative mindset about the employer might be a risky affair for the interviewer.
No details about any conflicts. Even if you had some conflict with your colleagues or reporting manager or anyone else in your previous office, it is none of the business of your current employer.
Do not show your desperation. It is obvious that if you are appearing for an interview, you need a job. You don’t need to reveal your desperation for a new job. It can result for your non-selection or hefty salary negotiation.
No need to share personal issues. In an interview, you might come across few questions where you end up revealing your personal issues. However, this might create problems for you in recent period if at all you get selected. It is none of the employer’s business to know about your personal life as far as it is not effecting their work.
In short, be very careful for each and every word you speak in front of an interviewer as you will be responsible for its explanation as well. Never dare to tell them that this job may help them to step up their career and be beneficial for your next step. Your potential employer is not there for any social service. He wants to get some work done with the profile sharing with you.
Don’t worry much if you know you are a good candidate and you believe your potential. Even the employers know that they can be successful only if they have great workforce. So, be real and be prepared with the answers and your side of stories.
All the best for your next interview.