Avoid These Subjects During A Job Interview

We've talked a lot about what you should say in a job interviews, but we're wondering: what shouldn't you talk about?

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Weblog Main Street recently published an article detailing five things you should avoid discussing in a job interview. For example, while you can talk about why you left your last job, you'll want to avoid any complaints you had about them:

"Don't ever say anything negative about prior employers because the potential employer will look at you and say, ‘That person will feel the same way about my company five years from now,'" says Alexandra Levit, author of New Job, New You. Instead, she urges applicants to focus on the positives of their previous experience."

Other issues to avoid: financial issues, childcare and (surprisingly) your age. You can check out the link below to read the full article, but we're wondering what you think. What other subjects should you avoid at a job interview? Let us know in the comments.

5 Touchy Topics to Avoid in a Job Interview [Main Street via Consumerist]


    Someone I know was asked in interview how old he was - I've been told that this is something hiring staff are not actually supposed to do - is this right?

      They're not allowed to ask such questions I believe:


      Not exactly 100% proof but this site says:

      Questions that should not be asked:

      Employers are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion, culture, gender, physical disability or age.

      What are your plans for marriage?
      What is your place of birth, citizen status, or racial origin?
      Have you served in a foreign military?
      What is your age?
      What is your current health condition?

      If one of these questions arise in an interview, you can gently remind the interviewer in a tactful manner that the question is not appropriate and highlight the skills and experiences that deal with the concerns directly.

    One thing that left me taken aback - the use of the word "nazi" by an applicant in a interview (to describe a style of doing something).

    If this is you on your best behaviour, what on earth will you be like in the office?

    Cayal - that isn't always true. It depends on the employment position. For example, working in the police force or defence force you must give a lot of the above details. This information is usually stored with the classification "Security-in-Confidence", so exposing any data within those files would be an offence.

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