Never bring these subjects up during a job interview

Draper Bowen

Many writers and experts have discussed what to do during a job interview to increase one’s chances of getting a job offer. The articles discuss the proper attire to wear as well as the best documentation to bring with you. Few people, however, discuss what not to do or say. Some things are better left unsaid, and some topics are completely off-limits when speaking with a potential employer. Some of the most common topics that should never be discussed during a job interview are as follows:

Why Did the Applicant Hate Her Previous Job?

One of the most common mistakes interviewees make is casting negative judgment on their former employers. Some applicants may believe they are gaining the favor of the prospective employer by downplaying the previous employer, but this is usually not the case. Prospective employers are frequently turned off by a candidate’s open disregard for the privacy of a former employer and are concerned that the applicant will do the same to that company one day.

Topics Concerning Religion

Religious and political discussions have always been kept as separate from the workplace as possible. And the need for separation grows stronger with each passing year. Talking about politics and religion on the job is considered politically incorrect. As a result, an applicant may want to avoid such conversation during their interview. When it comes to letting the employer know that they observe religious holidays, some applicants may believe that honesty is the best policy. Some employers will respect it and hire those individuals regardless. The information will raise a red flag with other employers.

Information on Disability

A person’s disability should not be brought up in a job interview unless the prospective employer specifically asks about it, which is unlikely. Disability information is not a good topic to introduce because it could lead to discrimination. Because of the fear of medical leaves and accommodations, the disabled employee allows the employer to hire someone else.

Plans That Do Not Have a Long-Term Goal

Prospective employers want to hire people who will stick with them for the long term. Anything that contradicts that expectation is a bad idea. An applicant should not mention plans to relocate or seek a higher-paying position elsewhere. While this may seem obvious, many applicants are guilty of providing far too much information during interviews.

Information about You

Finally, providing personal information to a potential employer is the equivalent of “way too much information” part two. A prospective employer does not want to hear about a candidate’s marital problems, extracurricular activities, family issues, or anything else.

What to Talk About in an Interview

A prospective employer wants to hear about your job skills, positive personality traits, accomplishments, and talents. Prospective employers want to know how the applicant’s diverse skills can help them save money on new hire training. They also want to know how hiring the applicant will help the company succeed. Anything less is self-defeating and does not paint the applicant in the best light.