Interviews:  What NOT to say


Interviews:  What NOT to say

Interviews can be both exciting and nerve wrecking.  There are plenty of things we should avoid talking about during the interview process.  Here’s a few that should be avoided.


  • Money
  • Benefits
  • Personal Issues
  • Employer Issues




  • Money – During the interview asking and/or talking about money is not the time or place.  Money negotiations are to be done with the HR representative.  
    • If the interviewer asks you about money, you can simply reply that it is neogiationable.  Do not get corner to an amount. If you begin to feel pressured to take that as a red flag.  
    • Now if you are doing the interviewing and a candidate expresses money concerns take it as a red flag.  The right candidate is not concerned about money but more the work environment and personal development opportunities. 
  • Benefits – at no point should benefits be discussed as this can change.  For example when I began with my company, we were given a 6% bonus rate with a contingency.  Now a new hire is at a 2% rate, this is not something that managers were privy to until bonus time came around.  Take that as a learning lesson as to why not to discuss benefits prior to an offer. If a candidate is too concerned about the “benefits” that they could have if they join the company, same as money they are not that interested in how they can grow and develop but how much the company can benefit them. 
  • Personal Issues – at no time is talking about any of your personal health, family or any other issues, appropriate for an interview.  This leaves you as a candidate open for discrimination. While no one wants to discriminate, it can inverently happen when a candidate states “I have issues making it to work on time because I have three kids to chauffer.”   “This is a long drive from where I live.”  Again, if you are making these statements really reconsider where you  want to work, as an interviewer these are red flags as to what is important to a candidate which can lead to punctuality issues. 
  • Employer Issues – And last, but not least, do not talk about your previous employer in a negative light.  Keep everything as neutral as possible. While you may want to and begin to feel comfortable in expressing your feelings about your employer they are still just your feelings and opinions.  


As the old, as time, advice goes, if you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all.  What are some things you avoid discussing during an interview? What are some things you have discussed and/or been asked that you have found yourself scratching your head about? 

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