We all want to be bonafide #girlbosses in our careers. But before you can start your #humblebrag tour at the office, you actually have to land the gig. Whether you鈥檙e looking to break out of a work rut and change careers or you鈥檙e fresh out of college searching for your first gig, the hiring process can be a total drag. Between getting your resume up-to-date and networking like a pro, sometimes searching for a job can actually feel like a job. When you find yourself face-to-face with a hiring manager, you have to make the most of your time together, so we talked with 12 HR pros about the one thing they NEVER want to hear potential employees say in an interview. Read, write down and remember what *not* to do in your next one-on-one.

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1.聽Don鈥檛 try to pull a fast one.聽鈥淚 never want to hear someone say that they鈥檇 like to 鈥楤e a better delegator鈥 in response to the question 鈥榃hat are some things about yourself that you want to improve upon?鈥 An answer like this intentionally takes what many people interpret as a positive and makes it sound like a negative trait. However, this response makes it seem as though the candidate does not have enough confidence in their co-workers or team to share responsibilities in an effort to work toward a common business goal.鈥 鈥斅Marcy Axelrad, Global Senior Director of Talent Management and Employee Development, Wayfair

2. Don鈥檛 play hard to get.聽鈥淭he one thing I think would dead end an interview right there is to say anything that shows you鈥檙e not really interested in the job. For example, 鈥業鈥檓 happy in my current job, but鈥 鈥 聽or 鈥楾he timing isn鈥檛 quite right, but I thought I鈥檇 come in and meet you.'鈥 鈥斅Sandy Charet, recruiter for PR industry

3. Don鈥檛 trash talk.聽鈥淣ever trash talk your last employer! Even if you鈥檙e asked why you left, focus on the personal goals that drove you to seek a new position 鈥 you wanted more responsibility, wanted to manage people or you wanted a new challenge.鈥 鈥聽Gabby Bill, career coach,聽Gabrielle Bill, Career Coaching & Consulting

4.聽Don鈥檛 overshare.聽鈥淒uring a job interview, it鈥檚 natural to engage in small talk, but it鈥檚 always best to avoid discussing anything too personal, like your political standing and views on the upcoming election. Stating your preference on hotly debated topics can cause controversy and upset what might otherwise be a great dynamic between you and your interviewer. Instead, focus the conversation on less polarizing topics, such as the company鈥檚 latest product or growth announcements. It will show you鈥檝e done your research.鈥 鈥斅Amy Glaser, SVP, Adecco Staffing

5.聽Don鈥檛 disrespect authority.聽鈥淚nterviewees should never say that they have trouble with authority 鈥 either exercising your authority or responding to authority. Authority or the power to influence based on knowledge and expertise is crucial to most job positions. You will need to exercise authority and be comfortable with it, and you will need to respond to authority, not simply take orders, but offer feedback, question and recognize knowledge and expertise.鈥 鈥斅Laura MacLeod, HR expert

6. Don鈥檛 ever interrupt. Ever.聽鈥淣o matter how much you may want the job or know how qualified you are, your interviewer sits in the driver鈥檚 seat. 聽When you interrupt, it says any or all of the following: that you lack appropriate social skills, that you don鈥檛 value what the interviewer has to say or that you don鈥檛 respect authority. You may get your point across but at the expense of being invited back for the next round of interviews.鈥 鈥聽Roy Cohen, career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional鈥檚 Survival Guide

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7. Don鈥檛 let on to your post-interview plans: 鈥淒on鈥檛 say: 鈥楢fter I leave here I鈥檓 going to meet a friend who works nearby for lunch.鈥 Sounds harmless, but by sharing your post-interview plans, you may inadvertently be placing pressure on your interviewer to hurry things up, and that won鈥檛 help your interviewer鈥檚 mindset聽or your chances of moving on in the process. Not to mention, you shouldn鈥檛 have plans right after the interview. Who鈥檚 to say that your interviewer won鈥檛 want to take you to lunch or have you spend another 40 minutes talking with another employee?鈥 鈥斅Alex Twersky, Co-founder & VP of Resume Deli

8. Don鈥檛 apologize.聽鈥淒on鈥檛 ever say 鈥榮orry.鈥 I hear this from time to time. It takes various forms. 鈥楽orry, that (answer) was a little long.鈥 鈥楽orry, no one鈥檚 ever asked me that question before.鈥 But it always leaves me with the same impression 鈥 a lack of confidence. In an interview, you have to be your biggest fan. And when you apologize, it sends signals that you鈥檙e unsure of yourself. If your answer goes a little long, credit it to your passion versus being long winded. If you鈥檙e stumped, say 鈥榃ow, no one鈥檚 ever asked me that鈥 not 鈥業鈥檓 sorry, no one鈥檚 ever asked me that.鈥 You don鈥檛 have to be perfect, but stand behind your words and stand behind yourself. Don鈥檛 ever apologize.鈥 鈥斅Julie Vessel, Director of Talent at mono

9. Don鈥檛 ask about the Benjamins: 鈥淒on鈥檛 ever go in saying, 鈥楽how me the money!鈥 Candidates immediately asking about benefits can be a red flag for most hiring managers. The obvious expectation from potential applicants would be that they wait until the employer has made up his or her mind before beginning that discussion.鈥 鈥斅Brandi Britton, district president of staffing firm, OfficeTeam

10.聽Don鈥檛 look unprepared.聽鈥淣ever ask what the company does. If you have to go into an interview and ask what the company does, you obviously didn鈥檛 do any prior research, and this immediately shows how little you care.鈥 鈥斅Lindsey Cummins, CEO of Winq

11.聽Don鈥檛 come in guns blazing.聽鈥淚n our experience, interviewees that boast about wanting to 鈥榮hake things up鈥 tend to stay unemployed. Companies do appreciate creative and independent workers, but the right to make changes is something that comes after establishing some experience and trust. What employers want from new employees is a willingness to learn, especially a willingness to do things the way the organization needs them done.鈥 鈥斅Adam Hatch, hiring manager and career advisor at ResumeGenius.com

12. Don鈥檛 look needy.聽鈥淣ever say 鈥業 really need this job right now鈥 in an interview. It should be obvious, but my number one pet peeve is when the candidate tells me that they really need the job. It doesn鈥檛 matter if I鈥檓 hiring for the most menial work, I want to hear that you think you could do really well in the position, not that you are in a financial crisis.鈥 鈥斅Patti Wilcox, owner and hiring manager at Awestruck Ciders

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