Don’t Overshare During an Interview

April 12th, 2018

The interview process is a chance to sell yourself to a hiring manager and put your best foot forward. You’ll be asked lots of questions during the interview process and being open, honest and transparent is important, so you and the hiring manager can see if you’d really be a good fit for the company. However, while it’s important to share the right details about your talents and abilities, it’s just as essential to know what you should not say during the interview process.

Oversharing can be a big turnoff for a potential employer and may even cost you the job, so here are a few key things that you want to avoid:

  • Don’t give rambling answers with irrelevant information: An interviewer who asks a question wants a detailed answer to that specific query. You don’t want to go off on tangents or share irrelevant details or you’ll make it too hard for the interviewer to get the information they need. Instead, provide direct answers that make it easy for the interviewer to decide whether you have the right skills for the job.
  • Don’t overemphasize problems or struggles: While you may have overcome a bad boss or had other difficulties in your career, a job interview is not the time to share your problems. This could come across as complaining or being negative at a time when you want to emphasize the positive.
  • Avoid sharing personal information: Employers don’t want to know details about your personal or family struggles and sharing this type of information could come across as unprofessional and make your interviewer uncomfortable. Your potential employer doesn’t want to worry you won’t be able to separate your personal and professional lives or you’ll be bringing family drama to work.

By making sure you showcase why you’d be the ideal candidate for the position you’re interviewing for – while avoiding a faux pas that could be a turnoff to the hiring manager, you can maximize your chances of being hired for your dream job.

Of course, to impress an interviewer, you need to land an interview first. The good news is, SmartTalent can help. Our staffing service can provide you with assistance landing interviews with great companies in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our firm can help you, give us a call today.

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