Heads Up, Fresh Grads: Here Are 6 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview

by Renee Isabella Aguila   |  Feb 10, 2023
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Are you ready for your first interview? Going to job interviews as a fresh graduate is a nerve-wracking experience. Despite practicing how to answer interview questions in front of a mirror and having a mental outline of information to say, sometimes you feel you could prepare better to leave a good impression. To ease your worries before the big day, we bring to you six things you should never say in a job interview: 

  • Repeating information on your resume

In your initial application, you’re usually requested to send in your resume or curriculum vitae for recruiters to get a glimpse of your background, experience, and skills. When it comes to the interview, recruiters don’t want to hear you talk about your resume information because they know that already. If you’re told “tell me more about yourself,” let recruiters know your experiences that can be related to the position you’re applying to. You can also share bits of your work ethic instead of having to iterate the information they have.

  • Sharing personal experiences irrelevant to your applied position

In line with sharing brief stories of your experiences, you should steer clear of giving irrelevant information to your interviewer. Whether it may be a story of your pets or family outings, interviewers do not need to hear those things. It’s better to streamline the information you share to the position you’re applying for so that recruiters can see that you’re a good match for the job. 


  • Using too many filler words

We totally get it, job interviews are really scary! You can’t help but say a lot of filler words like “uhh…” and “like.” However, too much of these may give your interviewer a bad impression that you aren’t confident and you’re unprepared. When speaking, make sure to take your time in thinking up your responses to questions and focus on being clear with your answers. You can also avoid using filler words by replacing them with a brief pause or deep breath. Let your interviewer know that you’ll need a minute or two to think before responding. 

  • Asking questions about what the company does

To prepare for a job interview, it’s best if you do research on what the company does and what its values are. Prior to the big interview, make sure to have a clear understanding of the company’s mission, vision, and what they do to achieve those things. If you ask your interviewer what the company does, it gives off the impression that you don’t care about the company you want to join. 

  • Answering with cliches

In line with the previous point of researching the company, sometimes, over-preparing may not be the way to go. You still want to make sure that your interviewer senses your sincerity and good intentions to join their company. Avoid using cliches when answering common interview questions. Make sure you speak with honesty as being yourself will help you stand out most as a candidate. You could still practice answering in front of a mirror but don’t straight out read a script during an interview. 

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  • Refrain from asking any questions

Lastly, most recruiters will ask at the end of the interview if you have any questions. Saying “I don’t have any questions” can also give off the impression that you don’t want to learn anything else about the company you plan to join. Be sure to prepare two to three meaningful questions beforehand to show that you definitely want to land the job.

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