The 10 worst things you can say in a remote interview

When you’re interviewing for a job, the hiring managers want to get an impression about you. They want to know who you are and if you would be a good fit for their vacancy. 

With modern technology, many people will be interviewed remotely. What do you need to do or say to make your remote interview a success?

I’m a perfectionist

We already know that you shouldn’t name perfectionism in an interview. It is a cliché that hiring managers have heard over and over again. Instead, come up with something that shows that you’ve grown and learned to deal with that weakness.

It’s on my resume

Avoid coming across as rude during your remote interview. When a hiring manager asks for something that is on your resume, it may be that they’re looking for your interpretation or more details.

What does the company do?

Avoid asking what the company does. That’s something that you can find out with a simple Google search. Show the hiring manager that you have put the time in preparing for the interview, and you are interested in the position. 

When you know what the company does, you can talk more about the specific role you’re applying to. 

Complain about your last employer

When you have a remote interview, don’t complain about your last employer. It’s unprofessional, and it can backfire on you. For example, the hiring manager could have contact with your boss regularly. 

Avoid complaining about your current job and explain why this job is a good fit for you instead. 

Overly prepare answers

While it’s great to prepare, don’t overdo it. Especially if it’s a remote interview, you don’t want to give them the impression that you’re reading the reply from the screen. 

I don’t make mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, and that’s a fact. Be prepared to communicate some mistakes you made, how you learned from them, and how you plan to avoid similar mistakes in the future. 

It may seem a good idea to say that you don’t make mistakes. However, it can come across like you don’t have self-reflection or confidence to admit your mistakes. 

I don’t know

Giving a vague answer to questions gives them the feeling that you haven’t thought about it or don’t care. Prepare before the remote interview and know why the job appeals to you, why the company appeals to you, and what kind of added value you bring. 

If the hiring manager asks you a question that you don’t have an immediate answer to, don’t panic. Asking for clarification can buy you enough time to come up with a satisfying answer. 

I don’t have any questions

It leaves a great impression on the hiring managers if you ask questions. If you do say during a remote interview that you don’t have any questions, they can interpret that as a lack of interest. 

There are dozens of questions you can ask during an interview. If you’ve got all your questions answered, ask them for their experience working there or ask them about a typical day at the job. 

I’m the best person for the job

You don’t know if you’re the best person for the job, because you haven’t met the other candidates. While it’s great to mention that you’re a good fit for the specific position, you don’t know if you’re the best person for the job. 

Did I get the job?

When you’ve finished the interview, avoid asking if you got the job. It shows impatience and no experience with the hiring cycle.

Most hiring managers will fill you in about the rest of the process, as they need to discuss who they are hiring.