Why You Should Avoid Sarcasm During A Job Interview Or Review

Why You Should Avoid Sarcasm During A Job Interview Or Review

Job interviews and job reviews can be intimidating, and it’s tempting to break the ice with a bit of humour. If your sense of humour tends to be overly sarcastic, though, that might be a turn-off to your boss or potential employer.

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It seems like advice that goes without saying, but sometimes we’re sarcastic without realising it. Small jokes might be taken the wrong way, as business speaker Michael Kerr tells Business Insider:

Now is not the time to use sarcasm, even if you think it will diffuse the tension. Using sarcasm will, once again, make you come across as disinterested. Similarly, it’s all right to use a little self-deprecating humour to show that you can laugh at yourself, but be careful about taking it too far…

Even to break the awkwardness, jokes don’t always work. As Kerr explains, that kind of sarcasm can make you look insecure, and your boss or potential employer might take it seriously. Again, it seems like something that’s fairly obvious, but it’s something to watch out for nonetheless, especially if your sarcasm is often lost on others.

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