6 Things to Never Say in a Job Interview

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You scored an interview for your dream job. Don’t blow it by asking a thoughtless question or revealing too much personal information. Steer clear of these six phrases and you'll be one step closer to accepting an offer.

1. ARE THERE FLEXIBLE WORKING HOURS?

Wait to receive an offer before asking about the hours, says Steven Rothberg, president and founder of College Recruiter. At that point in the process, you gain a bit of power over the employer, and can ask about day-to-day specifics without appearing lazy. The soft benefits—including working hours, paid time off, and remote working arrangements—can be negotiated along with your salary if they are important to you.

2. TELL ME ABOUT THE POSITION.

Most interviewers will meet with you about a specific role. You should already understand what it is, and you should sell yourself for that position, says Jill MacFadyen, a Georgia-based career coach. “It wouldn’t sound good to ask about the role unless it was a call out of the blue, and you did need to know about it,” MacFadyen says. Expert Interview Coach founder Barry Drexler adds that asking for the job description makes you look unprepared and like you're not taking the opportunity seriously.

3. I PLAN ON GETTING MY MASTER'S DEGREE.

If asked where you see yourself in five years, you need to give an answer that fits the career path for the role. So if you're interviewing for a marketing role, don’t say that you see yourself in a sales position, says Drexler. It's also unwise to tell the recruiter you plan to go back to school (unless you're 100 percent sure doing so would be encouraged by the company). Do so, and you risk appearing less than fully committed.

4. HOW LONG IS THIS INTERVIEW?

You need to be present and in the moment, says Vicki Salemi, Monster career expert based in New York. "Once, I had a candidate who was talking on the cell phone," Salemi says. "He held up his pointer finger to tell me to give him a second. What could be more important at that moment than the interview?" You need to show that this is the highlight of your day.

5. WHAT DOES "DELWAT" DO?

This is a double whammy. First, you need to be familiar with the company's mission before you step foot in the door. Second, the interviewee pronounced the company's name wrong. Deloitte, an audit and consulting firm, is pronounced “dell-oy-t,” not “del-wat,” Salemi says. If you don’t know how to pronounce the name of the company, find a video about the company on YouTube, or call the receptionist and hang up—or simply ask the receptionist how to pronounce the name (without identifying yourself). "Don't let the interview be a test run," Salemi says.

6. HOW SOON DO YOU PROMOTE?

You need to understand that you’re not going to be in this position for two minutes before being promoted, Salemi says. "You want to show that you understand that there's a learning curve," she says. At the same time, you may be genuinely curious about rising up the ranks of the company and opportunities for future growth. A better way to say it: "Can you please tell me more about the career path here?" Salemi suggests.

11 Masks That Will Keep You Safe and Stylish

Design Safe/Designer Face Covers/Its All Goods
Design Safe/Designer Face Covers/Its All Goods

Face masks are going to be the norm for the foreseeable future, and with that in mind, designers and manufacturers have answered the call by providing options that are tailored for different lifestyles and fashion tastes. Almost every mask below is on sale, so you can find one that fits your needs without overspending.

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This set of five polyester masks offers the protection you need in a range of colors, so you can coordinate with whatever outfit you're wearing.

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The breathable, stretchy fabric in these 3D masks makes them a comfortable option for daily use.

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3. Reusable Face Masks 2-pack; $15 (50 percent off)

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This cotton mask pack is washable and comfortable. Use the two as a matching set with your best friend or significant other, or keep the spare for laundry day.

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Don’t let masks get in the way of staying active. These double-layer cotton masks are breathable but still protect against those airborne particles.

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Avoid the accidental nose-out look with this cotton mask that stays snug to your face.

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With this 12-pack of protective masks, you can keep a few back-ups in your car and hand the rest out to friends and family who need them.

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7. Reusable Dust-Proof Mask with 5 Filters; $22 (45 percent off)

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This dust-proof mask can filter out 95 percent of germs and other particles, making it a great option for anyone working around smoke and debris all day, or even if you're just outside mowing the lawn.

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8. Reusable Fun Face Cover / Neck Gaiter (Flamingo); $20

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Channel some tropical energy with this flamingo fabric neck gaiter. The style of this covering resembles a bandana, which could save your ears and head from soreness from elastic loops. Other designs include a Bauhaus-inspired mask and this retro look.

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This seamless gaiter-style mask can be worn properly for protection and fashioned up into a headband once you're in the car or a safe space. Plus, having your hair out of your face will help you avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth before washing your hands.

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Are You Overpaying for Your Groceries? The Basket App Will Tell You the Best Place to Shop

She knew the price of those pineapples before she set foot in the store.
She knew the price of those pineapples before she set foot in the store.
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If you’re committed to getting the best deal for everything on your grocery list, going shopping can easily turn into a day-long errand that involves hitting several stores around town. With the Basket app, however, you can do all your price-checking beforehand—and pick the one grocery store that’ll save you the most money overall.

After logging in, you choose all the grocery stores within range for your shopping trip. Then you start searching for individual items to add to your basket. Not only will the app show you the cost of each item at all your selected stores, but it’ll also show you how much your entire basket would cost at each store. For example, Fruit Roll-Ups might be more expensive at Walmart than at Target, but if the dozen other items in your basket are cheaper at Walmart, you’re better off heading to Walmart for this particular excursion. And if you're willing and able to visit both stores, you’ll know to save the Fruit Roll-Ups for Target.

Looks like Amanda's heading to Walmart.Basket

Then again, maybe your basket is only a few dollars cheaper at Walmart than at Target, and Walmart is significantly farther from your house. In that case, you might decide the longer drive (and the gas it takes to get there) isn’t worth it. Either way, Basket gives you all the information you need to make the best decision for your situation.

All the prices are submitted by other Basket users, who scan products and enter their prices through the app, so there is a possibility that stores could change prices—or items could be out of stock—by the time you go shopping. That said, the convenience of being able to price-check everything in one handy app just might outweigh the occasional discrepancy.

You can learn more and download Basket here.