3 phrases stopping you from getting a second interview (and what to say instead)
September 4,2020 at 5:50PM UTC
Have you ever thought you'd nailed an interview but then you never got a call or email back? While you may have had the right qualifications, the phrases that you used during the interview might have rubbed the employer the wrong way. Here are 3 phrases to avoid in interviews and what to say instead.
1. I'm hard-working.
While everyone wants to hire someone who's hard-working, this phrase won't get you far unless you back it up with evidence.
What to say instead: Describe a time at work that demonstrates when you worked hard and efficiently. If you can, back this up with specific outcomes and results.
2. The environment at my last job was [insert negative adjective here].
You don't have to lie about your previous position, but you don't need to complain about it, either.
What to say instead: Avoid harping on the negative and instead focus on what you learned from your past positions — including what experiences you can build on in this new opportunity.
3. I'm a perfectionist.
While this cliché may be your go-to answer for "what's your weakness?", it may lead the employer to think you're not self-aware.
What to say instead: Don't be afraid to share your weaknesses and instead reframe them as things you're improving on — and discuss how you're working on them.
What other phrases do you avoid saying in interviews? What do you try to say instead?
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