Though an interview is a candid discussion between a candidate and interviewer, it’s best to know what information to share (or not) to avoid hurting your odds of getting hired. Here are some things you should forget about mentioning:
1. “I was only there for two months, so that job isn’t on my resume.” This will send a red flag to your potential employer right away. Though it’s fine to pick and choose what to include, mentioning that you only worked at a company for two months can be bad news. Were you fired? Did you quit? Did you have a bad record?
2. “I’m applying to grad school for the fall.” Though there’s nothing wrong with pursuing more education, this is like announcing you’re not going to be working for the company long term. Some companies don’t like their employees balancing work and school at the same time, especially if the job has a high workload on a daily basis.
3. “My last job was a nightmare.” Sure, there are terrible bosses and jobs out there. But there is no need for you to tell your potential employer about them. Badmouthing a previous job and manager is not right, especially if the recruiter doesn’t know the other side of the story. Spilling bad information will make the recruiter think that you’re not a discreet person.
4. “I don’t have references.” Not having references is unacceptable. Employers may think you are not trustworthy if you don’t include references in your resume. It is easier to assume that you have had serious problems at work if you don’t include them.
5. “I’m interviewing in three different fields.” There’s nothing wrong with checking out different options, but if you don’t know the exact field you excel in, expect your potential employer not to bring you on board. It is important to be confident in a field you know you excel in.
6. “I’m going to wait in your reception area for my ride to pick me up.” You don’t need to tell the recruiter that someone else drove you to the interview. The manager may worry whether you can make it to work consistently if you’re hired.
Remember, don't ever lie to an interviewer, but if the above topics don't come up during the interview, don't mention them.