Things You Shouldn’t Say at Your Job Interview

By Olga Tretyak

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Talking about yourself at a job interview is not that easy. In this post, I will tell you what you should and shouldn’t say when you want to get a job.

If you’ve been in a job interview at least once, you know about the tricky question “Tell us about yourself”. What should you say? How should you say it? What does an HR want to hear? Nobody knows.

But you don’t have to be afraid of this question: a person, who asks it, also wants you to succeed at this interview. And there are things that your interviewer is interested in. There are also things that don’t have to be mentioned. Let’s clarify both variants. 

When you are asked to tell about yourself, remember two rules:

The first rule is quite simple. You interviewer doesn’t need to know your life story and he or she will not sit and listen to it for an hour. Instead of that, give them some useful information, for instance:

Your recent professional achievements;

It is recommended to talk about each of those things for about 30 seconds. Thus, you’ll have a self-presentation for 2,5 minutes. Here is what you should mention speaking about each of the categories.
 

Recent career achievements

Yes:

No:

Education achievements

Yes:

No:

Useful skills

Yes:

No:

Your employer may check your information if he/she decides to give you this job. So, lying about your skills and abilities is not an option. Just choose 2-4 things that you are really good at and speak about them.
 

Career goals

Yes:

No:

Even if you don’t have clear goals, make up some, because a person with no goals may seem incompetent.
 

Why you are interested in this company

Yes:

No:

Preparing a story about yourself based on these rules will spare you some uncomfortable pauses and spare your employer from hearing the information he/she doesn’t want to hear.

 

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