Thursday, November 25, 2010

What Not to Say in the Workplace & Job Interviews

What Not to Say During a Job Interview:
Don’t say: “My current boss is horrendous.”
Why: It’s unprofessional. Your interviewer might wonder when you’d start bad-mouthing her. For all you know, she and your current boss are old pals. 
Instead say: “I’m ready for a new challenge” or a similarly positive remark.

Don’t say: “Do you think I’d fit in here?” 
Why: You’re the interviewee, not the interviewer. 
Instead say: “What do you enjoy about working here?” By all means ask questions, but prepare ones that demonstrate your genuine interest in the company. 

Don’t say: “What are the hours like?” or “What’s the vacation policy?” 
Why: You want to be seen as someone who focuses on getting the job done. 
Instead say: “What’s the day-to-day like here?” Then, if you’ve really jumped through every hoop and time off still hasn’t been mentioned, say, “Can you tell me about the compensation and benefits package?” 

What Not to Say in the Workplace: 
Don’t say: “That’s not my job.” 
Why: If your superior asks you to do something, it is your job. 
Instead say: “I’m not sure that should be my priority right now.” Then have a conversation with your boss about your responsibilities. 

Don’t say: “This might sound stupid, but…” 
Why: Never undermine your ideas by prefacing your remarks with wishy-washy language. 
Instead say: What’s on your mind. It reinforces your credibility to present your ideas with confidence. 

Don’t say: “I don’t have time to talk to you.”
Why: It’s plain rude, in person or on the phone. 
Instead say: “I’m just finishing something up right now. Can I come by when I’m done?” Graciously explain why you can’t talk now, and suggest catching up at an appointed time later. Let phone calls go to voice mail until you can give callers your undivided attention.