Lots of people have advice for what you should say when looking for a job, but there’s another side to the coin as well – what not to say. Read on to find out how to avoid some of the pitfalls of talking too much.
When you are interviewing for a job, you want to come across as open and approachable, but you definitely don’t want to share too much either. Remember this is a negotiation and you need to keep it professional.
Don’t let your guard down when you’re talking with a recruiter. Remember the recruiter works for the company – not for you. It’s the recruiter’s job to find out all they can about you, so they can present the best candidates to the company. Be careful how much information you share.
A perfectly good answer to the question "Why are you job-hunting?" is "I'm getting stagnant at my current job — I need a new challenge!"
It’s best not to tell a recruiter or a prospective employer what you dislike about your job apart from the feeling that you're no longer learning enough to keep you challenged.
If your company is reorganizing or going out of business, go ahead and say so, but if you feel you are being mistreated at work, keep it to yourself.
Here are a few things you should never say when talking with a recruiter:
You have to remember that your relationships with employers and recruiters are business relationships, no matter how friendly they are. You are on one side of a negotiating table, all by yourself. The employer and the recruiter sit on the other side of the table.
It doesn't matter how vehemently the contingency recruiter tells you "I am on your side!" It simply isn't true. They are working for the seller. They have a huge financial incentive to get you into that job. That's why contingency recruiters — the folks who work on straight commission and only get paid when they fill a job opening — are famous for telling candidates "You should take the offer — it's the best one you are going to get."
As a job-seeker. You have to keep your mojo fuel tank full. You will need every drop of your mojo to remember your own value — and to stand up for it when necessary!