5 Phrases You Should Avoid in Your Next Interview

Crafting the best stories and replies in an interview process will definitely give you the biggest advantage over the other competing candidates. But more often than not, we tend to project certain verbal tendencies that we don’t know is capable of ruining our chance of getting that job.

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On this one, I’ll be spotlighting 5 crucial phrases to avoid on that next job interview of yours. Follow this rule and stand a great chance of getting that job; ignore this rule at the expense of your success in that next interview.

In your next interview, steer clear from the following 5 phrases:

1. Fault Line (“It Was [X] Fault”)

 Do not cross this line. “It wasn’t my fault”, “she is the one at fault” is a form of shying away from responsibilities and such projections are capable of narrowing down your chances of success. And this is because most employers hire people who can always take responsibilities and surmount limiting circumstances.

One trick to understand here is to focus on how you got past that issue, how you helped made a situation better, how you overcame challenges instead of just point fingers and laying blames here and there.

Nobody is quite perfect and difficulties can be met at any time in the office. So there will always be problems to solve.

So if they sense you as someone who is always shifting blame and shying away from responsibilities, chances are you will never make a competent staff as you’ll tend to always abandon duties in the face of even the slightest of difficulty.

So if you have the blame-shifting tendency, it’s best to start working towards alleviating it by standing up to problems and accepting responsibilities. Such an attitude will prove immensely productive and inspiring in the face of your colleagues and other people.

2. “If I’m Being Honest”

 I bet that 80% of applicants must have used this phrase on countless occasions. The question is, are you also a victim? It doesn’t matter at this point anyway. This phrase is doing nothing but killing your chances of getting that dream job of yours. And here is why:

Take a second or two to think about this: if there is a need for me to mention the fact that I’m being honest like right now, doesn’t it cause you to wonder if I’ve been truly honest with you all this while?

In every interview, there is an unspoken law of being totally honest. So highlighting the fact of being honest in the middle of an interview, arouses suspicion and makes your interviewer wonder if you’ve been honest all along.

As a person of integrity, with honesty as your default setting, do not use that phrase. It creates unnecessary suspicion. Not just that alone but also filler words like “uh”, “umm”. All these do not serve you properly in a job interview.

3. Avoid Disconnection at All Cost

 With regards to questions about the skills and experience you do not possess, you are expected to have the ability to connect your interviewer to a relevant, related topic.

For instance, if the interviewer asks you: “do you have certification in digital marketing?” and you don’t what do you actually do? Are you the type that will just provide a straight-up answer like “No” or “No I don’t” at the same time waiting for the next opportunity to blow your cover with another dreadful mistake?

Instead what you really want to do is find a way to drive the situation to a desire, talent, or even a skill set that you possess. Even stipulating the required steps you can take to get what is needed is highly a nice shot in matters like this.

I’d advise you to approach from a tactical point by saying “well, I’ve not been able to secure a certification of digital marketing for myself, but I know a great deal of it because I attended a seminar last month involving top digital marketing influencers. If you permit me, I can share the experience I got from my training with you.

If that certification is vital, I can always strategize on a plan to get that credential within the shortest time possible. So do you think such a plan will be a requirement if I succeed in getting this role?”

Always try to convey back to the interviewer your ability to work hard/smart and also, the company’s goals. These will really give you an advantaged position.

4. Don’t Try To Fake It Until You Make It

No man knows everything, not even Google. What you don’t know won’t hurt you. If an interview question comes up where the answer is “I don’t know”, be sure to provide the answer that way also. And this is because it’s a statement that portrays honesty.

But on the other hand, trying to do the “fake it until you make it” pattern will be very fatal for you. Don’t ever try to build fiction around the basis of your skillset.

I tell you, if you follow this pattern of “fake it until you make it”, reality will one day mercilessly and disgracefully expose you publicly to the limitations of your abilities. And then the emotional wound it will create on you will be devastating. You’ll live only to regret that day.

5. State Ultimatums

In this very context, ultimatum is nothing but a statement in relation to the things you won’t put up with, more like a demand. Ultimatums are more like reflections of terms you will or will not accept.

Originally, for an applicant to state ultimatum, would be very dangerous because it hints at your lack of adaptability and flexibility; a rather vital element needed for new employees. So what is actually the essence of displaying the lack of two vital qualities needed to get you that job?

Just a piece of note, some ultimatums are important and healthy for your job. For instance, “racism on my team won’t work for me” talks about your true values, beliefs, and convictions.

But ultimatums like “I can’t work on weekends” or “I can’t really work here” do nothing more than exposing your limitations.

Preferably, you could make use of phrases like “this just doesn’t work for me” or “I won’t allow that”. At that point in the interview where you get a “yes”, it becomes a full-blown negotiation; you can decide whether you are taking the job or not.

One vital reason for the interview on the part of the interviewee is to explore his/her options and to that very effect, I see no reason why you should be falling short of exploring your possibilities. The main point of it all is, your ultimatum must not come across as limiting statements rather, as unflinching values.

On a final note, what you will and won’t accept in the job is totally your choice, but if you can arrive at that spot without any form of ultimatums, that would be the smartest way to frame the dialogue.

These are the 5 forms of phrases to avoid on that your next job interview. Always remember to be real in your interviews; speak from your heart about solutions you can provide. Stay clear from ultimatums that come across as limiting statements, filler phrases, and fear in general.

The interview is a journey to an unknown destination, with newer realities to explore and possibilities to entertain. Your compass on this journey should depend on your stories and the way you tell them. Trust me, if you follow these simple rules, you’ll be heading straight to a perfect destination just for you.

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