5 Things You Should Never Say to a Recruiter

Searching for a job is a tricky business. There are some important dos and don’ts you need to be aware of to make sure you get the best out of your job search. To help you out, people will tell you that you need to give employers a firm handshake when you meet them or that you should try not to blink so that you don’t lose eye contact. While you might say these are details recruiters don’t pay attention to, this is not entirely true. Obviously, I am not saying that you should keep your eyes open the whole time, but simply be aware of what you are doing or saying during the interview.

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If you are serious about the job and you want to make a great first impression, then you really need to avoid saying these things to a recruiter:

1. ‘I am waiting for another offer’

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It only makes sense that you will be sending out your resume to various employers while you are searching for a job. It also makes sense that you will have a list of the companies you would like to work for as well as a list of your less preferable options. But that’s not something you want to admit to your prospective employers. Also, if they were to give you the job, you shouldn’t tell them they need to wait until you get an answer from other employers. This will give them the impression that ‘you are just not that into the job’ – at least not as much as they would like you to be.

2. ‘I only want to work with you for a short amount of time’

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You want to get work experience, and that’s perfectly fine. But, that doesn’t mean you are going to tell employers you only need them for the short-term. I mean sure, some jobs are great stepping stones and seem to be exactly what you need at the time until you find a more permanent role, however, you should never let the employers know. Once they pick a candidate they want to make sure they have made the right choice and that they are investing in a person who is committed to the company as a whole.

3. ‘I will take any job you have’

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Saying yes to whatever the employers are saying is a bad sign. This shows that you are desperate and willing to take whatever they have to offer even when you get rejected. So, asking employers if there are any other open positions in another department won’t do you any good. Apart from that, it tells employers you don’t know what you want and that you aren’t passionate about the role you applied for - you are after just ‘any job’. This is never good for a jobseeker.

4. ‘My last boss was awful’

Someone who has been on the job hunt for a while knows that badmouthing a previous employer is like digging your own grave. Employers will never trust someone who talks negatively about their previous boss as this makes them think that you are going to do the same once they hire you. If a recruiter asks you why you left your last job – which is a question that will most likely come up in the interview, try not to say anything negative about it. Instead remain neutral and refer to what the experience has taught you even though you didn’t leave on good terms.

5. ‘Let’s talk money’

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If you are the one who brings up the money issue, then it is highly likely you are not getting any. Employers want to see why you are interested in the job, and they are trying to test the motives for your application. Talking about money shows that you only care about the money, and that’s usually not the best course to take. You can only negotiate your salary once employers have raised the issue or after they have given you an offer.

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Once you are in the interview room, you need to be careful of what you are saying as you might be sabotaging your chances of getting a job. So, unless you are trying to make employers hate you, make sure you avoid making these big mistakes.

Have you ever said any of these to an employer? How did it go? Let me know in the comments section below…