The interviewer determining whether you are a strong candidate and a good fit for their company and culture comes down to what you say and how you say it, in the interview. A good way to prepare yourself is to think about the things you don’t want to say and think of some things you do want to get covered.

The interviewer is not interested in your personal life, holiday plans or why you need to get hired for this job. They want to know who the best candidate for the job is. That being said, here are 5 things to not say in the interview.

Negativity about previous job or boss

Remaining professional and positive during an interview is especially important. The interviewer may ask you questions like “Why are you looking for a new job?” or “What didn’t you like about your previous positions?”. Your ability to answer these questions while avoiding a negative manner about your previous employer or job can show the employer that you can remain professional.

Positive answers to these questions can fill the interviewer with confidence that you will be a good addition to their companies’ culture and that you will not say anything negative about them in the future.

Do not just give yes or no answers.

For much of the time, interviewers will ask you open ended questions, however, sometimes you will get a yes or no question. It is important to elaborate on your answer and not just say yes or no and leave it at that.

If the hiring manager asks you a question you don’t have an answer to, you can ask them to elaborate or if you must, re word and turn it around on them.

If they persist and continue to look for a response, say you would be happy to answer after you do some follow up research, this shows that you have an eagerness to learn, which will help the situation.

 “I don’t have any questions”.

At the end of the interview most interviewers will ask if you have any questions. It is important when preparing for an interview to have some meaningful questions prepared to ask the employer, this shows that you have interest in the company and in the position.

How much does this job pay?

If you can help it, don’t be the first one to bring up salary. If you are too quick to mention money, it might come across to the employer that all you are after is the money. This is an especially mortal sin at the first meeting. When you find out more about the company and your role, you will be able to better determine your salary range.

Not following up.

If you felt  that you under preformed in an interview, a simple email reiterating your interest is a courtesy that may just pay off in the long run.

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