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Interviews - Watch What You Say

May 16, 2008
When a candidate goes for an interview, he or she is examined by the employer/interviewer on following criteria:

-The candidate must have the required qualification to the job.
-The willingness of the candidate to do the job and his or her corporate goals.
-The ability to adjust to the corporate culture.

Avoid Negative Issues

Never say anything negative about your past or current co-workers and employer because it will never do any good. In fact, this will send an alarm to the interviewer about you being a possible "management problem". As a candidate, you should avoid requesting special equipment and hours unless you are having some legitimate problems that you will need special accommodation for, such as a disability.

If you start asking for a special treatment even before you get the job, then the prospective employer starts to imagine the kind of requests you will make once you are hired. They may wonder whether hiring you is more trouble than it will be worth in the long run.

Don't Initiate Salary Discussions

You should never start salary discussions when you go for an interview. You should not make any demands in the initial stages of the interview, because it is not considered to be a good sign. It is better to let the employer or interviewer ask you about the salary package you are looking for. When they do, don't hesitate in giving them a range or to ask them about the range they will be able to offer.

Candidates asking for a particular salary on their own is usually a major turnoff. Many potential candidates ask about sick leaves, vacation days and holidays. This can again be a turnoff for the employer because it will seem as if you are more interested in the holidays rather than knowing about work and the being interested in company goals.

Stress on Your Strengths, Not Weaknesses

When you go for an interview, avoid giving a list to the employers about the things you will not be able to do. If you tell the interviewer that you don't like answering calls, working overtime or maintaining files, then it will be another red flag. Before you apply for a job, you should know about the profile and nature of the work - so that when you face questions you come across as confident.

Don't ask your employer about what the company is all about because they expect you to do some homework before you apply. You should read the job description carefully and do some research on the company so that you are well informed.

There are many candidates who say - "I don't know about the work, I just saw your company's ad in the newspaper and thought I'd give it a try". This can reduce your chances of getting the job, so it is necessary to prepare yourself and know why you are there. Try not to argue, whine or complain just because you don't like something.

There's a lot said on what to say during an interview, but it is equally important to know what not to say as well.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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