Regardless of how funny or charming you are, you shouldn’t really make jokes at the job interview. It is important to be personable at job interviews. The more you are liked as a person, the more willing the interviewer is to overlook your doubts. Some people are even hired on personality alone.
Humor is one of the best ways to seem likeable. The problem is that the best humor involves:
- Complaining about things in life
- Making fun of someone in a humorous way
That’s a problem. Complaints should be left out of the job interview. Complaining about something as simple as parking can make you appear negative and whiny. In addition, making fun of people may be acceptable when you know your friends understand your humor, but a large portion of the corporate world is dense and humorless. They will not understand your jokes, and take your gentle ribbings as insults.
The only job interview humor that is acceptable is if you poke fun at yourself. Spill your coffee on your tie during the interview? It is acceptable to make a few jokes at your own expense. That’s it. Humor should be left out of your job interview unless you are making jokes about yourself, where they can’t be misunderstood as an insult.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Don’t make jokes.
- You are probably not that funny.
- Seriously, you are probably not that funny.
- The only acceptable jokes are those that poke fun at you. Never others.