Viewpoints Industry knows: we've all been there. The job interview that seems to be percolating along just fine. You feel a connection with the interviewer and you think you're saying all the right things. But somehow it goes afowl and either ends badly, or you never hear from them again. Was it something you said? It very well may have been. Most of us are familiar with the landmines to avoid in the primary job interview, such as salary, benefits, vacation or the interviewer's hideous comb-over. But there may be other subjects waiting to strike if you happen to say something that is either unwise or too early. An excellent example of this is: "What does your company do?" Theoretically, you were supposed to know the answer to that before you applied so that it doesn't appear too obvious that you were just after "a job, any job". Walk into the interview having done thorough research into the company. And here's a potential trap: that goes for a telephone interiew as well, so if you're blindsided by a call from a recruiter who wants to conduct a phone interview on the spot and her first question is: "What do you know about our company?", it will definitely be a sweat-inducing moment if you haven't done your homework early.
Viewpoints Industry has heard that there can be hidden traps in a job interview.
The Viewpoints Industry TV show can suggest other things you should not say during the first interview for a job. One candidacy killer is: "What is your drug testing policy?" That makes it sound like you wouldn't pass that test if it were given now. While it's fine to ask about opportunities for advancement, never suggest you want the interviewer's job. Asking about overtime can be a double-edged sword. It can sound like you probably won't get your work done in regular time and you might cost them a lot in overtime payments, or it might just sound like you're not willing to stay beyond the end-of-day bell. And finally, the best way to show you're not really interested, not listening and not absorbing anything the interviewer says, is to ask questions that have already been answered. Good luck, and watch what you say.