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6 Things You Dare Not Say to Recruiters in an Interview

Your shoes are polished, the suit is ironed, and you have prepared those speeches that you are going to make the next day. After all, it is what you say in the interview hall will decide your prospects of making the cut. But what about the no-nos? How do you talk in an interview room? Ever thought of that?

One simple misplaced word can put you on the rejected list, and you may end up missing out on this dream opportunity. You need to talk like a professional and avoid using certain phrases in your prepared speech. Identify them and scratch it off your dictionary ASAP, at least during interview sessions.

Here are 6 interview tips for you to consider about the completely unnecessary phrases that you may spill out in front of your employer.

1. “Weakness? That would be my hard-working nature.”

It sounds cliché now. Probably, every single article and books, that are out of date and obsolete, will ask you to say this. Also, don’t go out saying that you have no weaknesses at all. Every living being has some weakness, and there is no harm in accepting the same.

Be genuine with your answer. If it’s a weakness, state it and continue to suggest how you are trying to improve on the same. If hardworking is actually your weakness, say how it affects your performance and how you are becoming a smart worker instead.

2. “Strengths? A leader, team player and responsible.”

Consider this answer for a change. “In high school, I was made the captain of our soccer team at a time when we were on a losing streak. I took time to identify the problem and motivated my teammates. At times, I relinquished my position to others to make them feel important. As a result, we won the next 10 matches straight.”

Which is better? With the latter answer, you indirectly stated whatever you wanted to say and made your point. Also, a story lingers in the employer’s mind a longer time than simple, blunt words. [How to Answer “What is Your Greatest Strength and Weakness?”]

3. “I am quitting as my previous boss was horrible. Made my life hell.”

No matter what the reason is and how bad your management was, never fowl-mouth your previous employer. It creates trust issues, and the current one may be forced to think a second time. He doesn’t know the situation and may take you as the culprit.

It's human psychology. You are talking to a manager and going negative about another doesn’t send a good vibe. Even if you don’t want to, try stating positive reasons about how you want to grow more and what all you had learned. [Tips for Answering “Why Did You Leave Your Current Job?” in an Interview]

4. “Yeah. I can do anything you ask me to.”

Two issues with this statement. First, no “yeah” or “yup” or “chill” sort of words. Maintain a formal tone and use their regular versions. Many CEOs and hiring managers claim that the interview was going perfectly fine and the interviewee was narrating a beautiful story when he suddenly ended with a “Yeah” and destroyed the situation.

Second, do not be ready for anything. That is sounding desperate. You are there for a particular role and ask about your job profile before saying a yes. This portrays your focused side and makes you appear responsible.

5. “Sorry, um, I am, like, a bit nervous.”

Fillers are a big no-no. On top of that accepting that you are nervous will crumble your chances of cracking the interview even more. It is human nature to be nervous and have butterflies, but you must prepare for it and learn how to take that confident side.
Speak clearly with crisp sentences. Go slow while explaining and if you are stuck, halt for a second rather than placing an “um” in between. No employer likes a nervous, lacking in confidence employee.

6. “About me? As my resume says….”

Would you like to hear something that you just read? If your employer is asking you to say something about yourself, he doesn’t want to know about your grades in high school or where you previously worked. That’s there on your resume!

Instead, speak about your hobbies, what all you have achieved other than work, how you like to help people and work for the society. In short, spell out those points that did not find a place in your resume. Then again, don’t say things like you love chocolates in a technical manager interview. Keep things relevant.

It is these little things that will ultimately make a big difference. You are there for a purpose, and you want to outshine other candidates. Do not sabotage your chances and end up in the back of the line. As it’s said, “Few words can either make you or break you.” Keep these interview tips in mind and make a list of your own no-no words that you had used in your last interview. After all, you are your best judge. [How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” to Impress the Recruiter]