7 Interview tips

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” Richard Branson.

Depending on your industry, role and background, you may find some of these tips debatable, but all of them are worth discussing. Would you add anything to this list from your experience or position of knowledge?

7 tips about what not to say in an interview:

  1. Never reveal that the offer is for more than you were ever paid before
  2. Always speak subjectively and factually of any previous boss or colleague or organisation but never speak negatively about them
  3. Never say you have no questions about the job you are interviewing for. If you have researched the position and the company you should have plenty of questions. If not, we recommend this Forbes article to provide some inspiration or guidance.
  4. Keep your personal life private. Do not ever discuss your marital situation or medical problems for example
  5. In alignment with #4, do not discuss any intention (or not) to start a family – this is really none of their business and will not impact your job performance unless you plan on quitting in under a year, in which case you should probably not be applying for a new job.
  6. Do not say or agree with the idea that you may be “overqualified” for any position – overqualification is a blessing for a potential manager but some may have reservations. Focus on having a positive attitude and what you can bring to the position and organization that are unique for your personality and skillset
  7. Finally, do not reveal that you have any reservations about your ability to accomplish the duties of the position you are applying for.  If the organization is willing to take a chance on you, they are likely to have an open-minded and people-oriented corporate culture. Follow the advice of Richard Branson (see quote above) and accept the position, then work extra hard to learn what is needed.

At RMA we firmly believe that people should be hired for their aptitude for a position, as it is easy to train people to do a job the way you want it done. It is not so easy, however, to alter a person’s mindset or their personality, so hiring someone who fits into the corporate culture will ensure they will be as content as their colleagues and supervisors.