After you have written your professional CV and been invited for interview, it’s natural to want to talk at the employer and tell them why you are the right person for the job. It’s important to be keen and to show you are interested in the role, but you also need to consider when you should be quiet as silence can be a very powerful tool if used correctly.
This is arguably the most awkward part of an interview. Do you bring it up? What do you say if they ask you your salary expectations? You shouldn’t ask about salary in an interview because it should be down to the interviewer to establish what you are looking for. So this is a situation where you should keep quiet.
If you are asked what your salary expectations are you should never state a figure. This pigeon-holes you and makes it very difficult to negotiate salary at a later stage. If you are asked this question give them a salary range that you would be interested in. This will automatically give you more scope to negotiate. You could always flip the question back to the interviewer. If they ask you what salary you are expecting, why not ask them what they are expecting to pay someone in the role?
Most employers will want to know something about your background. They might want to know what your interests are outside of work to find out more about your personality and whether you fit the position they’re looking to fill. While disclosing this information is good, there are some things you shouldn’t talk about. For instance, if you are doing work experience for a competitor. Be selective with your approach and bear in mind how what you say will be interpreted by the interviewer.
Applying for other jobs
Depending on the interviewer questions on this subject should be answered carefully. If someone asks you if you have applied for other jobs, it’s good to keep the interviewer on their toes and add a sense of urgency. Sometimes it can be beneficial to say you have a few other possibilities as that can push a decision in your favour. But there are occasions when you shouldn’t talk about your job hunt. If you tell the interviewer you have written a professional CV and cover letter and been looking for jobs for weeks but haven’t heard anything back, how is that going to make you look? Undesirable! So gauge each question on an individual basis and answer in a way that will show you in the best possible light. It’s also good to remember that you are in control of the information you’re providing and if you wish to with-hold some information from the interviewer it is your right to do so.