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Acing the Interview: Phrases to Avoid

Acing the Interview: Phrases to Avoid

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You have managed to get your application or resume noticed by a potential employer or staffing agency, so it is easy to assume the interview will be smooth sailing and before you know it, you will be employed. However, the interview is perhaps the most pertinent part of the hiring process, and just saying the wrong thing can leave the employer with a negative impression. When you are trying to get the job, make sure you skip these phrases during your first face-to-face interaction with a potential employer.

I’m not really a people person. 

It is a well-known fact that some people get along better with their fellow employees or in a group environment than others. However, serving up this statement or anything similar may turn off a potential employer. Possessing the quality of being proficient in team or group environments is always the more desirable trait. Plus, if the position you are being interviewed for involves dealing with clients or customers, you are basically saying that communicating with them in a friendly and efficient way will be a challenge. Instead, you could let the interviewer know that you tend to be a little shy and quiet, but getting along well with others is usually not a challenge.

I am going to need these days off. 

The interview is the wrong time to start talking about scheduling requirements on your part. By bringing up the fact that you will need time off soon after you’re hired, you could be giving the impression to your employer that you will be one of those employees who is constantly having issues and needing time out of the office. Save the scheduling requests for after the interview, when you actually know you have the position, and you will be much more likely to get hired.

My previous boss could be hard to work with.. 

Whether or not the boss or manager at your previous workplace wasn’t your favorite, this is not something you should bring up in your interview. What your potential employer will probably garner from such a statement is that you, personally, could be the one who is difficult to please. It is much more fitting if asked about previous supervisors to simply state there was a lack of communication or agreement, but avoid going into excessive detail or complaints.

In the end, the impression you leave with your interviewer will have a lot to do with your consideration for a position or not. In a lot of cases, the interviewer will decide as soon as the interview concludes whether they believe you are a good candidate, so what you say weighs heavy on the outcome.

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