The words you never want to hear at a job interview

mpressing in a job interview _ or around the office day to day _ can be tough without facing questions whose an...

mpressing in a job interview _ or around the office day to day _ can be tough without facing questions whose answers seem to only invite more dread.

Several LinkedIn Influencers weighed in on these topics _ and how to impress the boss once you land the job _ this week. Here_s what some of them had to day.

Liz Ryan, chief executive and founder at Human Workplace

Many job-seekers look for new positions not just for a challenge, but also to earn more money. That_s especially true as _real wages have dropped like a stone_ and _annual salary increases at most large and medium-sized employers have plummeted or disappeared altogether,_ wrote Ryan in her post How to Answer the Question _What Was Your Last Salary?_

But answering can be fraught. _The less you earned, the smaller your new job offer is going to be, she wrote. _If you were earning $52,000, your new job offer might come in at $53,500__ That_s discouraging._

So, how do you answer the question? Maybe you shouldn_t, suggested Ryan.__ _For some reason nearly all of us have come to believe that the most intrusive personal questions are perfectly fine when they're asked in the context of a recruiting process,_ she wrote. _That's ridiculous._

Instead of telling the recruiter you earned $52,000, _give your prospective next boss the information s/he really needs to make the Go/No Go decision, which is your target salary level. With that number, your boss or recruiter can quickly determine whether it makes sense to keep talking with you or not,_ Ryan wrote. _They don_t need your past salaries to make that call._

Worried you won_t get the job if you aren_t forthcoming? Don_t fret, Ryan insisted. _You'll be happy when a recruiter or hiring manager says one day _What, you won't share your past salary information? Well, you're out of the running here, in that case!_ You'll be elated to hear that,_ she wrote, _because you'll know that you would have hated working for people who value your privacy so little and whose gauging-a-candidate's-market-value skills are so weak._

JT O_Donnell, chief executive and founder at

What happens when you have a promising interview, yet at the end, the recruiter tells you that you_re overqualified and therefore not a good fit for the job?

First, know that _overqualified is often code for something else, wrote O_Donnell. _Many times, getting called overqualified is a general explanation employers use to avoid telling you the real reason they don't want to hire you,_ she wrote in her post If Called _Overqualified_ Try This.

But, she suggested, don_t let the opportunity _ or the recruiter _ go that quickly. There are ways to counter this blanket dismissal. _The secret to handling any objection about your candidacy is to ask some polite clarifying questions so you can better understand what's really bothering the hiring manager_ she wrote.

Among the probing questions a job candidate can ask:

"I can appreciate your concern. Can you share with me what makes you feel that way?"
"Thank you for your honestly. May I ask, are you worried that my qualifications will work against me in this job? If so, how?"
The idea is to _take into account the hiring manager_s feelings related to hiring you. You must acknowledge and validate his feelings. Perception is reality,_ O_Donnell wrote. After that, don_t give in to the urge to _defend your experience. Instead, you need to give the hiring manager the opportunity to process his concerns and share them openly with you._

While this won_t work in every instance, wrote O_Donnell, _you really have nothing to lose by trying this technique because you're already being told you won't get the job. So, as long as you are polite and positive when you try it, you just may be able to shift the hiring manager's perception._

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