3 Statements You Shouldn’t Make, Ever

So yesterday I chatted about startups, and previous to that I yapped about interviews and job fairs and employment…yada yada yada. If you haven’t read any of the previous articles yet, take a minute to give this one a solid once-over. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

There are few things you should ‘never ever’ say in any situation: in front of your boss, a potential boss, a superior, your intern, your mom, and most of all to yourself. Here are just 3.

  1. “I Don’t Know”. The biggest reason you shouldn’t say that you don’t know something,is because most things can be learned when a person put their mind to it. If an employer asks you if you don’t know a fact or figure, you can ALWAYS look it up. Instead of ‘I don’t know’ you can say ‘I can look that up for you‘. In certain situations, like if you are asked if you speak a foreign language, you obviously can’t say “why yes I can” if you do not know it. Even if you shove your face into a Rosetta Stone book on Chinese for 24 hours, you can’t exactly bounce into the office spewing business-level conversational Chinese the next morning. In those situations, be honest and say you can’t.
  2. “I Don’t Care”. If your mom tells you about her day, your boss tells you about the weather, or anyone tells you anything do not outright say that you don’t care about it. Even if the topic is abysmally boring, at least try to act interested. Especially if a potential employer tells you about something, write it down: you never know when it might come in handy. Doubting me? If your boss tells you they are an avid movie-goer, why not ask him if he’s seen Looper? Showing a little interest in what people around you care about is a good way to demonstrate that you are thoughtful, engaging, and that they should care about you.
  3. “That’s Stupid”. Nothing in life is mindlessly stupid (yes that includes Honey Boo Boo Child, T&T, Jersey Shore, and even its recent spin-off K-Town). Even if what something someone says at work, at home, or anywhere do not ever EVER shut them down and say ‘that’s stupid’. This immediately shuts down the line of communication, and alienates people. Think about what makes it stupid, why you are so disengaged from it, and how you can more intellectually react to ‘stupid’ material. Example? Instead of simply writing off Jersey Shore as ‘stupid’ and telling someone ‘that’s stupid’, try to instead say, “I don’t really like that show because ____”. This shows you are capable of engaging, and makes you more approachable: no on likes jerks, so don’t be a jerk.

Hopefully these littler tips are helping! I will give you some more helpful advice tommorrow!