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Interviewing Part II: What Not to Say





Here’s what is “off the table” during an interview…

• Salary, benefits, perks, vacation, etc. These are not appropriate questions during the interview stage…asking them might give an employer the wrong impression about you (that money is your only concern, that you are assuming you already have the job, etc.). Once an offer is formally extended, then these topics are up for discussion.

I would also recommend against…

• Asking anything that’s obviously stated on the employer’s website or materials that you have been given in advance about the company. You don’t want to appear ill-prepared by asking what you should already know.

One last tip…

• When asked the question, “Why do you want this job?”—a good answer never includes, “because I want more experience.” Of course you want more experience…who doesn’t?! But this doesn’t sell you at all to a recruiter. When answering this question, avoid what you will get out of the experience…instead focus on what you can do for the employer—what qualities or traits do you have that match up well with this job description or company and would make you an asset? Those are the things you should be focusing on.

"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
-Dorothy Nevill






About the author

Rachel Kaschner

Rachel Kaschner is the Assistant Director at Engineering Career Services.