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Congratulations on your interview! As you prepare for the big day, it’s good to keep in mind all the things your potential employer will want to know about you. First and foremost—why you’re the best choice for the job. It’s also good to share pertinent information about your work history, accomplishments and job skills. Another key to a successful interview is knowing what not to say.

Six things to keep to yourself during your interview

What you should never say is almost as important as what you should say when trying to be selected for your next job. So while you’re practicing your interview questions and answers, be sure to keep the following out of your planned responses:

1. Anything negative about your current job.

Now, no doubt there are negative aspects because otherwise you probably wouldn’t be leaving. However telling a potential employer that you hate your current job, boss or coworkers is a no-no and makes you appear as a negative person. Instead, frame your reason for leaving as a positive—you’re looking for career growth, room for advancement, or something new.

2. The pay you’re looking for.

You’re looking for a new job based on your hopes and dreams for the future—what you want to do with your career and what you aspire to become. A career move should not be just about making more money because this can lead to a job spiral of frequent turnover that never leaves you fulfilled. You will have an opportunity to discuss pay, but that time is after you’ve been offered the position. Another appropriate time to discuss pay is if the hiring manager specifically asks you about it.

3. “I just need to take this call.

Always have your cell phone switched off during your interview. Not only is it rude to answer a call, you’re wasting the time of the person who could be in charge of your future. Calls—and text messages—can wait until after your interview is complete. A potential employer deserves your full, undivided attention.

4. How much you need the job.

It’s never a good idea to appear desperate in a job interview because a hiring manager may assume you’d be willing to take any job, and will leave just as soon as something else comes along. However, it’s perfectly acceptable to admit how much you want the job—as long as you explain that it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for, helps you fulfill a lifelong dream, etc.

5. “I don’t have the required qualifications, but I learn quickly.

To avoid this awkward statement, always review a job description and list of qualifications, and apply for jobs to which you’re qualified. During an interview, explain your work experience, knowledge and skills and leave it to your potential employer to decide whether or not you’re a good fit.

6. “I don’t have any questions.”

Always have questions. In fact, you should come to an interview prepared with a list of five or more questions you’d like to ask at the end of the interview. More is better in case any of the questions on your list are inadvertently answered during the course of the interview. For a list of good questions to ask, simply do a Google search and choose your five favorites.

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