“That’s none of your business”
One of the interviewees reported that one of the applicants simply answered “That is none of your business”. Such an answer is not advisable without a question. On the one hand, companies are usually looking for open-minded people who are happy to communicate and want to get to know the applicant better through their questions. On the other hand, such an answer is simply impolite. In interviews, questions are sometimes asked that are inadmissible or to which the applicant does not have to answer – but then rather no answer than one.
“I liked being unemployed”
Another manager reportedly reported that an applicant – when asked about a gap in his résumé – said he would have liked to be unemployed because he was paid for doing nothing during that time. Anyone who mentions something like this in an interview must expect a rejection, because ultimately no boss wants to reward his employees for doing nothing.
“My former boss was …”
Recruiters are also reluctant to see applicants talking unsolicited about former bosses during the interview. This suggests that leadership could also be relieved in the new job and should therefore have a deterrent effect on potential future bosses.
“What, is that on your résumé?”
Business Insider also reports a situation in which an applicant no longer knew what he had written on his résumé. In this case, it was about a made-up university degree – no wonder that the applicant was not shortlisted. This is of course an extreme case, but ultimately it is unimportant in which context an applicant makes such a statement. After all, employees are expected to be organized and have an up-to-date résumé.
“Your company appears less terrible than others”
Statements of this kind should also be avoided. A much better answer to the question “Why would you like to join our team?” is, according to a survey of almost 1,000 hiring managers in the USA, the declaration that they want to take on more responsibility and develop further.
“It did not fit”
Last but not least: It can happen that the question arises during the application process as to why an applicant was dismissed. If this is not his own fault, the situation can easily be explained. But if he was fired because of his behavior or work performance, it becomes uncomfortable. Honesty should come first in any case, but here too the wording makes it: A simple “It didn’t fit” is very short-syllable. An answer like: “My way of working has for this reason [Beschreibung des Grundes] did not suit the company, so it was better for everyone involved that I reorient myself. I think I can start over with you and I will try in any case. ”
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