Job interviews are always going to be a tough and nerve-racking experience, especially if you are trying to get a job in a new type of career, but there a few things you can avoid mentioning to make sure the process goes a whole lot smoother.
Here are our top five job interview subjects to steer clear of:
There's nothing wrong with being nervous in an interview, but you don't need to mention it. The interviewer will be aware that most people are slightly affected by nerves so they'll take this into consideration.
If there is one thing an interviewer really doesn't want to hear, it's someone slagging off their old company, boss or colleagues. For all they know, you could be saying the exact same things about them in a year or two down the line.
It's absolutely fine to talk about why you want to change jobs and why you think the new position will be better now that you have decided to go into this part of the IT industry, but try to focus on the positives of the role on offer rather than the negatives of the one you're leaving behind.
Discussing pay in an interview is generally frowned upon and you should tread carefully if you do want to bring this up. Employers in the IT sector ideally want to hire someone who is motivated by a genuine desire to work for their company rather than a person whose sole aim is financial gain, so make sure you bear this in mind.
Asking the odd question about prospects for progression demonstrates you have ambition. For example, in a web design role you may hope to gain more experience and eventually specialise in a certain area - having an idea of how you wish to continue in this career path can be attractive for employers. However, dwelling on this topic too much could put the interviewer off, as it suggests you see the role on offer as little more than a stepping stone.
Another interview topic that tends to be frowned upon is holidays. This gives the impression you're more interested in taking time off than working and won't sit well with too many employers. What they would prefer is for you to show real passion for the job on offer. In all aspects of IT employment, be it in programming, design, networking or professional support, having that sort of drive will mean you are a productive and useful new employee so focus on this as opposed to how much time you can spend away from the office.