Things You Should Never Do to Get That Job

We’ve all heard what you need to do to get the job: research, arrive at the interview on time, play to your strengths, follow-up and show your eagerness.

But what about things you shouldn’t do? From buttering up the boss to burning bridges, here are a few things to steer clear of.


Lying your way to a job is a waste of your time, the potential employer’s time and can land you in serious trouble once you’re inevitably found out.

It’s usually pretty easy to see through a candidates lies, but if by some miracle, you do get hired, the gaps in your experience, qualifications and expertise will soon become crystal clear.

Who could forget the recent scandal where ‘executive’ Andrew Flanagan was fired on his first day at Myer after they discovered he lied on his resume? He claimed he had held previous executive positions, but the retailer quickly discovered he’d fabricated almost his entire resume.

Being Needy

If a potential employer says they’ll get back to you by a certain date, stay patient, there’s no need to call or email every day.

And just like a bad date, let it rest if it’s been a few weeks and you’ve heard nothing, even after chasing them up. There’s a fine line between eagerness and desperation, so tread carefully.

Getting too Personal

Flirting with the boss to get a promotion, sharing super personal information with recruiters, or crying in an interview because you’ve been made redundant and need this job to pay rent are huge red flags. Keep it professional.

Undermining Others

Climbing the career ladder takes a lot of determination, hard work and persistence. It doesn’t mean stepping on others to get to the top.

Competition can be beneficial and help keep your eyes on the prize. But no matter how competitive the workplace is, it’s important to maintain civility and facilitate cooperation.

It’ll make for a much more positive work environment, and there’ll be less politics and drama when you do get that well-deserved promotion.

Burning Bridges

If you’re going for an internal job, the worst thing you can do is burn bridges with your current manager and team. No matter how separate the department is, there’s a high chance of seeing and even working with them again, so stay open, polite and professional.

Going for a new job isn’t a chance to badmouth your current boss. If the future employer hears you complaining, they don’t want to be next in line, so the only person who suffers here is you.

Again, you never know if paths will cross again in the future, so avoid complaining about your current company and boss at all costs.