Recruiters don’t have to know everything about you because they aren’t your family or friends. In any situation, there are some pieces of information that they probably want to get out of you, but this doesn’t mean that they should. In fact, there needs to be a certain level of discretion between you and them, and you need to show that you are a true professional that doesn’t let personal discussions get in the way of connecting with them.
If you are currently looking for a job, there are a few things you should never say to recruiters if you want to be successful. Let’s take a look.
1. Your Current/Past Salary
Talking about your current or past salary won’t make any difference to the likelihood of you getting the job. It will only help employers determine the salary they are willing to give you. But, this is information that is too personal and not easy to share. As such it’s better to keep it to yourself and not give any proof of your current or past income. Either way, your past salary can’t determine your real value as an employee.
2. Your Living Expenses
There is no reason to talk about your living expenses. If employers ask you in the interview what salary would pay your bills, you don’t have to answer the question. If this happens, divert the issue and talk about your target salary or suggest a range of the salary you are hoping to get. Every person’s lifestyle and living expenses are different which means a fixed salary can accommodate different needs and wants. Once employers tell you how much you will be earning, it’s up to you to make a plan on how you spend your money.
3. Companies You Had Interviews With
Employers don’t have the right to know what other positions you have applied for. Perhaps they would like to know, but don’t make it too easy for them. Employers want to know what is going on in the market and get as much information possible that can help them assess their competition.
But, the only time you should tell them about other interviews employers is when you are close to getting an offer from another company or one that you have already received. This makes them think that if they want you in their company, they need to act soon.
4. Bad Job Search Experiences
Recruiters don’t need to know exactly what you are doing in your job search or job. For example, they don’t need to know why you failed a job interview or didn’t manage to land a job. This only makes you sound less credible and unfit for the role you are applying for and only proves that there is something that you are doing wrong.
Try not to put yourself in that position and focus only on the positive experiences you have had. Giving employers too much information as to why it didn’t work out with an employer only hinders your chances of success.
5. How Badly You Want the Job
Once employers sense that you are desperate for a job, they won’t take you seriously. They will think that you want to get just ‘any’ job, a fact which doesn’t give them any reason to hire you. No matter how badly you need the job, don’t make it that obvious to employers because they can use that to their advantage. As such they may have you waiting for an offer for too long or reject your application altogether. To win them over, show how interested you are in the position and how you can help the company succeed.
Your chances of getting a job pretty much depends on what you are saying in the job interview. Next time you get invited to one, avoid talking about these things so that you don’t risk exposing yourself or giving employers the wrong impression.
Have you ever discussed these things with recruiters? If yes, how did it go? Let me know in the comments section below…