What You Should Not Discuss During A Job Interview

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If you have been looking for a new job, you will likely have a number of job interviews coming up in the next few weeks or months. They are certainly stressful for most of us. With that in mind, there are preparation steps that you can and should take to ensure that your next job interview is less stressful and more successful than you may have experienced in the past.

One of the most important tips, as you prepare for an upcoming job interview, is knowing what NOT to say. There are some topics that need to be discussed during a job interview, but there are others that should be left out of the conversation.

One of the many topics that you should refrain from discussing is your personal life.

For instance, you do not want to talk about your family or any friends that you may have. If you are asked if you are a parent, you will want to respond, as well as answer other non-intrusive personal questions brought up by the interviewer. But, let them pose the questions. Refrain from volunteering personal information. Keep your personal and professional lives separate.

Bad experiences at past jobs are another one of the many topics that you should refrain from discussing at job interviews.

For starters, your opinion may be seen as gossip by your interviewer, or "sour grapes". You will also want to refrain from divulging important information about your past employer, especially if they can be considered competitors. Simply taking the high road and avoiding any topics that have to deal with poor experiences at your previous places of employment should enhance your professional image.

It is also advised that you refrain from speaking poorly about any of your former supervisors.

No matter if your boss was in the wrong, you will want avoid speaking about the conflict. That doesn't mean that you should lie, if asked, but it does mean that you should at least use your best judgment in how you phrase any criticism. You will want to show all prospective employers that you have respect for the hierachal position of Manager, even if you did not get along with certain former managers.

If you were ever terminated from a job, you will want to proceed with caution during your job interviews.

Discussing a job from which you were terminated is a tricky tightrope. Tell the truth, at all costs. If you leave out important details, those details may come to light later and you could be terminated. Try best to explain the firing from your point of view and hope it will not eliminate you from further consideration.

Low pay is another topic that you may want to refrain from discussing.

It is not uncommon for pay to be discussed during a job interview, but, should you find the starting salary to be lower than you may have thought, you will want to keep your composure. It would be impolite for you to leave in the middle of your interview or complain about the pay. What you may want to do, instead, is spin it in a somewhat positive matter that can still display your disapproval. You may want to consider asking about the other benefits, like sick days or vacation days, which can be used as other forms of compensation.

These tips will help you master the interview process or, at least, be invited back for further interviews.

Jim DeSantis is a former TV News Director who provides cutting edge employment tactics at his blog. Get Job Interview Scripts and Guaranteed Resume techniques - here!  

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