Job interviews are opportunities for you to sell yourself, but it is important that you avoid saying certain words if you are keen on getting the job.
Don’t say: ‘APC’ or ‘PDP’
Unless the job under discussion is in politics/government or a related sector, do your best to avoid bringing up politics. It’s always a contentious topic, and even more so in an election year.
Don’t say: ‘Addicted’
Declaring you’re “addicted to X”— a particular thing, even though X may be as admirable an activity as reading books about your industry, mentoring younger colleagues, or watching documentaries—makes you sound immature.
More so, if your interviewer knows anyone with substance-abuse problems or psychological disorders, they may consider “addiction” to be a serious matter and not one that should be applied to, say, bingeing on a particular television show you love.
Don’t say: ‘No’
To be clear, it is entirely acceptable for you to use the word “no” at any time in your conversation—except when you are responding to a query like “So do you have any questions for me?” Answering “no” makes it seem as if you took the interview just because you were bored or wanted a reason to wear your new suit.
And even if the interviewer has addressed every single question that you had prepared, come up with some aspect of the job or company you want to know more about. Doing this will make you come off as a serious candidate for the job and will set you apart from others.
Don’t say: ‘Ma’am’
While you may think saying this will make you appear polite, addressing an employer as “ma’am” will instantly make her feel ancient, a feeling nobody wants to have. Furthermore, it also makes you sound old-fashioned, and not in a quaint, refreshing way but in an alarming, ‘what year did you come out from’ kind of way.