Want To Score The Job? Don't Say These 4 Things
Just as important as what you say in an interview is what you don’t say. Unfortunately, there are a couple of responses that will make the interviewer mentally stamp you with a huge “No”—and even if the rest of the conversation goes really well, you won’t be able to recover. Check out the four statements you should never let slip during the interview (and what to say instead!).
1. “I’ve been looking for a job for a while.”
Even if you’ve been unemployed for the last six months and you’re desperately looking for a new job position, you never want to tell the interviewer that. They will wonder why you’ve had such poor results trying to get hired—is something wrong with you? And do you really want this job, or do you just need a salary?
If he or she says, “How long have you been job-searching?”, instead, say:
“I was able to take some time off, and now I’m really excited to get back to work.”
2. “I’m willing to do anything.”
You’re using this to show the interviewer that you’re hard-working, humble and enthusiastic. However, once again, it suggests that you don’t really care about the specifics of the role: You’re just looking to get hired.
“Not only am I incredibly interested in [insert the company’s field or industry here], but I’m a strong [skill the position requires]. These traits make me a great fit for [job title].”
3. “Although I don’t have the exact requirements you’re looking for…”
Let’s say the job description asks for someone with “P&L and cost/inventory control experience.” While you’ve heard those terms, you’ve never personally dealt with them in the work place. It’s normal to want to address the interviewer about this; after all, you can explain why you’d be a good choice despite the lack of experience, right?
Wrong. Never apologize for not matching the job description exactly. Hint: Employers see it as more of a wish list than list of must-haves!
“I’m confident I’d be an asset in this role because I could use my [related skills and experience] to fulfill [X duty].”
4. “I think…”
When you’re pitching yourself for a job, you probably feel strange saying simply, “I’d be fantastic at this.” That sounds a little conceited, so you soften it with, “I think I’d be fantastic at this.”
But during an interview, confidence is key, so remove all “opinion qualifiers.” That includes not only “I think,” but “It seems to me,” “I believe,” “I’d guess,” and “In my opinion,” as well.
If you think you’ll sound arrogant, make sure to back up your statements with examples and reasoning.
“I would succeed in this job because…”
Ban these four statements from your interviews, and your interviewer will love you!