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3 Things You Should Never Say During a Job Interview

After countless hours spent applying for jobs as a former student-athlete seeking a professional career, you may think your job search is done when you get a call for an interview. However, your job search is not over yet – you must make a good impression during your interview. To help assist you with this important step in the job process, below are a few things to avoid saying during your job interview so that you have the best shot at scoring your dream job.

Never ask your interviewer what the company does (or makes). As a former student-athlete seeking a job in the professional workforce, you must research the company for which you want to work before you take an interview with them. If you don’t know at least the basics of what the company does, you may not seem like a serious and interested job candidate. The Internet is a great resource for finding out more information about a company.

Never say “no” to questions. At the end of the job interview, your interviewer may ask you if you have any questions for them. This is not the time to ask about salary and benefits, however, don’t just say “no” either. Saying no may make it seem like you are not very interested in the company or not very engaging in general. When you research the company before the interview, brainstorm a few questions to ask about the company during this time. For example, you can ask about the company’s plans for expansion or about a new product they are offering.

Never talk badly about a former employer. Talking harshly about a former boss may lead your interviewer to think that you may do the same for them if you leave their company. Always be respectful when talking about former employment and see if you can put a positive spin on the situation, like describing what you learned about yourself when working with someone who had a difference in opinion.

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