With unemployment hovering near eight percent, even landing a job interview can be difficult these days. So once you do, you want to make the most of it. Being prepared helps, of course, but the words you choose during the interview can be equally important.
Use the wrong ones, warns Success For Hire author and career consultant Alexandra Levit, and you can kill your chances at advancement — even if you’re well-qualified for the job. We asked recruiters for five of the most common culprits and what to say instead.
一、"I can do anything."
Saying this shows you're an up-for-anything go-getter, right? Not so, say recruiters. If you’re one of many candidates for the position (and you probably are), this vague response will just get you lost in the shuffle. It doesn't give the recruiter a clear idea of what you can do to meet the needs of the job. Instead, be specific. Try: "You said you're looking for someone who can do X. Let me tell you about my experience with that."
二、"I can try . . . "
If a hiring manager asks if you feel comfortable doing something you've never done before, it’s tempting to respond: “I can try.” Resist the urge. It suggests that you don't feel confident that you can pull it off. Opt instead for more decisive phrases like "I do" or "I will" and keep the focus on what you know you can bring to the job.
三、"I remember we used to . . . "
Whether you're 25 or 55, reminiscing about the way you used to do things in your industry can make you seem inflexible and dated. To prevent a hiring manager from assuming you aren’t adept at adapting and to assure her (or him) that you're up-to-date with the latest innovations in your field, try saying, "I think [insert new technology here] is the best thing that's happened to our industry." Then you can give an example of the way you used to do things — and how you transitioned to the new technology.