When are the best times to
remain tight-lipped during a job interview? Here are eight secrets you’ll want
to keep tight to your chest come interview day.
need a job right away
Your potential future
employer does not need to know how desperate you are for a job. We don’t recommend
you lie about being employed if you are not — that only shows dishonesty and
But, how much you want or
need a new position should be kept secret. If you let it slip how unhappy you
are in your current role and are frantically searching for a new one, companies
may use it as a reason to offer less money.
Whether you should expose
your pregnancy during a job interview is a highly contested topic among
professionals. It may seem dishonest to keep it a secret, but CareerBuilder
suggests concealment is your best option.
Employment attorney Donna
Ballman says, “My best advice is to not disclose your pregnancy while job
hunting. If you’re showing, then you may have to say something, but otherwise,
don’t disclose until you get a firm job offer. If they rescind the offer or
fire you once they find out you’re pregnant, then you may have a pregnancy
Businesses worry pregnant
job seekers could accept a job offer then take maternity leave soon after. When
this happens, the company loses money by hiring you — something that’ll work
against you during the interview.
starting salary for this job is much higher than you’ve ever made before
Effective salary negotiation
begins during your very first conversation with employers. It’s best to avoid
the salary question during interviews, but sometimes that’s not possible.
If this current opening pays
a lot more than other jobs you’ve held in the past, remain tight-lipped.
Disclosing this information will eliminate any chance for negotiations and hurt
your job offer in the long run. Instead, let them know how much money you are
worth based on experience and value if asked for a number range during your
got fired from your last job
This one is pretty simple.
Don’t let the cat out of the bag. John Crowley, an employee at the HR-software
company People, tells Business Insider that job seekers are under no legal
obligation to disclose whether they were fired from a previous job.
“Having said this, they will
probably want to know why you left — or at least why you’re seeking a new
opportunity. At all costs, try to avoid being dragged into a conversation about
why you were fired.”
Disclosing that you’ve been
fired from your last job will raise more questions than answers and you may be
forced to defend yourself by way of bad-mouthing. This is a huge turnoff to any
past conflict(s) with a co-worker
You must — all at costs —
make every attempt to squash the need you feel to voluntarily divulge any
conflicts encountered in your previous jobs. It’s no one’s business but your
own whether you were written up or put on probation for a work quarrel.
Similarly, there’s no need
to start badmouthing your boss or former employer — ever. If you didn’t have
the best working relationship with your last team, stay quiet. Those negative
experiences could work against you if an interviewer assumes you are hard to
For the same reason you may
choose to hide a pregnancy, you might opt to keep mum about your recent
engagement or wedding. Right or wrong, your new commitment may signal maternity
leave is in the near future. Many women choose to remove their rings
pre-interview to curb unwanted judgment, such as a lower salary requirement if
they flash expensive diamonds.
As one woman told Who What
Wear, “It’s not about hiding the fact that I’m married; it’s about making sure
the discussion stays on the job and keeping judgments that could affect getting
that job to a minimum.”
planning to relocate soon
The average American moves
11.4 times in their lifetime. So if you’re planning a far-off relocation — or
simply subscribe to the “millennial job-hopping” narrative — you may want to
keep that on the down low for the time being. The simple fact that you only
plan to remain in your current city for a short while longer may cause
companies to overlook you for a more permanent candidate.
issues that could affect your availability and productivity
Life happens, and personal
issues are bound to pop up over the course of your professional career. But
employers are more likely to be sympathetic to the needs of a current employee
than someone they’re interviewing and barely know. No matter how great a connection
you forge with your interviewer, it’s never wise to disclose personal
roadblocks such as a recent layoff, family drama, a divorce, or the bad car
accident that left you with a stack of expensive medical bills.
Yes, these are terrible
instances, but the unfortunate truth is that employers will view this as a
performance inhibitor. It’s best to keep interview conversations circled around
your professional life if you want to be viewed as the right candidate for the