15 Things You Never (Ever) Want to Hear During Your Job Interview

15 Things You Never (Ever) Want to Hear During Your Job Interview
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By Mike Simpson

We’ve all been there…

You’re firmly planted in your chair, chest puffed out as you rattle off perfect answers to any interview question the hiring manager throws at you…

“This isn’t so bad!  I’m a shoe-in for this position,” you surely think as the taste of victory fills your mouth and visions of dollar signs begin filling your head.

But then it happens.

The hiring manager says something that changes everything.  And not in a good way.

Sometimes it’s like a hammer slamming down on your dreams, and other times it’s a lot more subtle, but the fact of the matter is that you’ve just realized something has changed.

The interview is over and you’re not getting the job.

There is nothing more discomforting, more off-putting or more discouraging than being in the middle of a job interview and realizing that no matter what happens, the hiring manager has already made up her/his mind.

Here is our list of 15 things you never want to hear during your job interview, because chances are if you have, you’ll probably be continuing your job search when you get home.

P.S. If you want to avoid hearing any of these following things at your next interview check out our job interview tips article.

1) "I called Company X and they've never heard of you."

This can only mean one thing.  That you lied on your resume.  Really?  You actually created a fake position and didn't think that the hiring manager would be doing their due diligence?

I'm sorry (and I mean this in the nicest way possible), but if you make this mistake then you don't deserve to get the job.

2) "I was looking at your Facebook/Twitter page and I noticed that..."

How this sentence finishes is the key to how you should interpret this statement.  In other words, if the hiring manager continues by saying "...I noticed that you had some unflattering things to say about our company," or "...it looks like you are a bit of a party-girl based on the amount of pictures of you with alcohol..." you should probably put some work into interview-proofing your timeline (or at the very least, revisiting your privacy settings).

The moral of the story?  Don't get sunk by being reckless with your social accounts.  Remove anything controversial or things that don't align with the values of the company you are interviewing with.

3) "We only ever hire the absolute best people for the job..."

This one probably surprised you a little bit, but it requires more context.  You see, this statement can be a giveaway that the company you are interviewing with is not necessarily interested in "promoting from within" when jobs open up, choosing instead to head hunt candidates from around the world with hopes of hiring "superstars".

If you see yourself growing within the company and this is a deal-breaker for you, you may want to ask a follow up question (ex. "What is your policy on promoting from within?  When a position opens up, do you look within the company first?")

4) "You've got something on your shirt," or "You've got something in your teeth."

We all know how important first impressions are.  As much as we wish it wasn't the case, a hiring manager can make up their mind about you within the first few seconds of meeting you, so it is absolutely essential that you don't shoot yourself in the foot.

Having good personal hygiene is a no-brainer and therefore basically a deal-breaker if the candidate is lacking in that area.  A quick visit to the restroom is all you need to make sure you are presenting yourself in the best way possible.

5) "Are those sunglasses prescription?"

Unless you wear glasses that happen to be "transitions" (where the opacity of the lens changes based on the amount of light) and you just came into the office from a blazing sunshiney day, leave the Oakley wraparounds at home.

6) "Can I give you some advice?"

It's rare that anything positive ever comes after this quest