Words can carry a lot of weight, and that can especially be true during a job interview. When meeting with a recruiter or an interviewer you should take extra care to avoid using certain harmful words and phrases.
Sarah Connors, senior staffing manager at WinterWyman Contract Staffing, says, “think about what the interviewer will hear when you say certain words. It is not about what you intend, it is about what they hear and all you want them to hear is, ‘You just found the best person for this opportunity.’”
Connors has provided a list of words to avoid using during a job interview. Click through and watch your language!
All text by Sarah Connors, senior staffing manager at WinterWyman Contract Staffing. WinterWyman is a recognized recruitment firm that specializes in search and contract staffing in technology, accounting and finance, human resources and investments, and financial services. Next
If the interviewer asks if you have done a certain job duty and your answer is “Sure” then the next question will almost certainly be, “and...?” You need to give examples and elaborate during the interview. Most questions asked in an interview should not be yes or no. Even a “Can you start tomorrow?” should elicit a “Absolutely, I would love to be a part of this team and I could start right now!” It shows more interest and confidence. Next
Not only is this not a word, it is already putting the interviewer in a skeptical place. If you have done something, say yes and use examples. Or if you haven’t, detail how you have not yet had the opportunity to do that specific task but would love to learn and have had similar experience that will be an asset to that company. Next
3. Any curse word
This might seem like a given, but you would be surprised to know that once in a while, someone swears in an interview. Even in the context of a story it risks you coming off as crass, unprofessional, or just not realizing that you are in a professional interview for a position you really want. Next
It is hard to avoid the filler words, but practice, practice, practice — and then be quiet. Practice interviews with your friends, mentors, family, etc., and then if you are in the interview and need a moment to think — just say so or be quiet and then respond. Saying “um” too much could make someone picture you twirling your hair, chomping bubblegum, and asking, “Wait, what is this interview for again?” You want every question to be an opportunity to highlight why you are confident that you are the best candidate for the job even if on paper you might look too inexperienced. Next
Maybe you did not like a certain job or boss, but you should not hate them. More over, you should not air your dirty laundry during an interview. If you are bitter or speaking negatively about them, what are you going to say about your next company? You might be mature, professional, and positive otherwise but if an interviewer hears the word “hate” then they might not hear the rest. Next
Or marital status or any of the protected categories. It does not hurt anything to offer it up, but it does put the interviewer in a precarious position where they can not really comment on what you have said and need to redirect back to questions regarding this specific role and requirements. Back to the beginning
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