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Top 3 Things Not to Say in an Interview

The interview is a critical juncture in the job-seeking process. It’s your chance to make a lasting impression and demonstrate your qualifications and fit for the role. However, not everything you say in an interview will help your case. In fact, there are certain things you should avoid saying at all costs.


  1. “I Want to Grow”


While the desire for personal and professional growth is a positive trait, saying, “I want to grow,” in an interview can be perceived as a cliché and vague response.  Everybody wants to grow and every says they want to grow in an interview.  It’s essential to be specific about your career goals and how they align with the company and the position you’re interviewing for. Instead, you should focus on demonstrating how your skills, experience, and aspirations are a perfect match for the job at hand.


For example, when an interview asks, “why are you looking to change jobs” or “what made you apply for this position,” you can say, “I saw the job posting and it seemed like the perfect fit for the career path I’d like to take.” This way, you’re showing that your desire for growth is directly related to the job you’re interviewing for and the company’s objectives.  You’ll also want to be specific about your intentions.  “I’ve worked as a Project Manager for 5 years and I’d like to move into a Sr. role as your job description outlines.”


  1. “I Want to Work Remotely”


With the rise of remote work, it’s tempting to express a desire for remote work during an interview. While remote work can be a valuable perk, bringing it up in the initial interview can send the wrong message. It may make it seem like you’re more interested in the flexibility of remote work than in the actual job or the company culture.


During the interview, your primary focus should be on showcasing your qualifications, enthusiasm for the position, and commitment to being a valuable member of the team. Besides, 95% of all job descriptions will say whether the position is remote, on-site or hybrid. You wouldn’t have applied for an onsite job if you’re looking for a remote position, so use this as an opportunity to speak on how you’re the best candidate for the role.


Instead of saying, “I want to work remotely,” focus on the position you’re applying for an establish how your skills are directly related.  For example, “I’m really looking for an opprotunity to become a Sr. Media Buyer.  I’ve worked as a Buyer for 5 years, managing a small team and I’m looking for a company who will give me this opportunity,”  In this example, you’ve stayed away from speaking on the working arrangement and focused more on your credentials, which is a way better approach (especially if you are looking for a remote job).


  1. “What Job Is This For?”


Asking, “What job is this for?” is a major interview faux pas. It suggests that you haven’t done your homework or are not genuinely interested in the position. It can come across as disorganized and unprepared, which are not qualities that employers typically seek in candidates.


Before the interview, it’s imperative to research the company and the job role thoroughly. You should have a clear understanding of the job description, the company’s values, culture, and objectives. Come prepared with questions that demonstrate your interest and knowledge about the role and the organization. This will not only show that you’ve done your homework but also that you’re genuinely interested in the position.


In conclusion, while interviews can be nerve-wracking, preparing and choosing your words carefully can significantly improve your chances of success. Avoiding these three common interview pitfalls – saying “I want to grow,” “I want to work remotely,” and “What job is this for?” – will help you present yourself as a focused, well-prepared candidate who is genuinely interested in the job and the company. Remember that interviews are not just about showcasing your skills; they’re also about demonstrating your professionalism and commitment to the opportunity at hand.


Ventes Mexico provides full-cycle recruitment for companies around the World who are seeking professionals in Mexico and Latin America. This includes remote staffing, in-office recruitment and executive search.

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