When you are invited for an interview, you are usually advised to prepare yourself and practice hard to create an impression during your interview but you forget to practice the words you say to your interviewer. Words really go a long way in creating a good impression in the mind of your employer, so it is better to really rehearse what you will say in your interview. You should also rehearse things you should not say, here a some words you should not say in a job interview.
1. Dedicated, motivated, team player...
Those words are best fit for your CV, so fill them up there and wave them away during your interview. Besides the fact that these words are incredibly overused in interview situations, they're also better demonstrated than just stated. It is better to share experiences of how dedicated or motivated you are, that will portray a more realistic part of you.
2. Ummm… Errrr…
If you are asked a question and you do not know what to say, it is better to say nothing than say something and spoil your chance of creating a good impression. This can make you look like you are not prepared for the interview. Rather than hemming and hawing while you try to think up an answer, just be silent and think.
3. Whatever, OMG, groovy, cool, kinda……
Want to use these words? Forget it; you are giving yourself a red card for the job already. They are very casual words to be used with your friends and family. You can keep the slangs at home before going for the interview. You want to come across as polished and professional, and you don’t want them to have to dig out their urban dictionary to understand you.
This one seems innocuous at first, but if you use it a lot when discussing job duties and accomplishments, the interviewer might start to wonder if it was you or your team that was responsible. Try to use “I” as much as possible.
5. No---- Yes
When you are asked any simple question, try not to use the single words (yes or no). The answer to the question might be NO but make sure not to stop there; add something else to it. For example, if asked if you know a particular computer program, and you don’t, you could say, “I haven't yet had a chance to learn it but would be interested to do so,” rather than simply saying “No or YES".