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Four wrong things to ask in an interview

Have you got an interview coming up? Make sure you know what questions NOT to ask as well as what TO ask. Here are 4 things to make sure you avoid!

Posted by Louisa Wetton, Senior PR recruitment Consultant, Thursday January 10 2019

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No matter how many CV tips you've followed to create a winning resume, if you've managed to secure an interview, don't let yourself down at this stage by making unforgivable blunders. Here are four things you should never say at a job interview.

What is it you do exactly?

Research is vital before attending any job interview, so you need to look at a company's website and social media presence to fully understand what they're all about. This is especially crucial for anyone wanting to work in a marketing or PR role, as it demonstrates your ability, or not, to conduct effective research.

My last boss was an idiot

Never bad mouth your past employers, even if you didn't get on. It will set alarm bells ringing in any new employer about how well you get on with other people. If you left your old job because of differences with your boss, try to dress it up in a more positive way and discuss how you conquered challenging situations and what you learned from these experiences.

What are the perks of the job?

Your goal at a job interview is to sell your skills first and foremost. If you want to ask about the perks of the job, including salary or holiday entitlement, leave this right until the very end, or until after you have been offered the position. If you discuss perks too soon into the job interview, the recruiter may query your motivation for applying for the role.

I don't have any questions to ask

You should always prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview that relate to the company or industry, so that it shows you have a genuine interest. If you're applying for a position in marketing or sales, it can be useful suggesting ideas that the company could consider for future campaigns or initiatives.

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