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by Vicky Oliver
You landed an interview for a sought-after position at a top-notch company. You’ve heard that the competition will be fierce. There could be as many as ten people competing for that coveted slot. It’s more important than ever to be at your best so that you can trounce your competitors.
With the economy in rebound mode, there is a burst of new hiring. There are more jobs, but there are also numerous qualified people to fill them. It may require extra effort to stand out from your competitors on the big day. How do you position yourself as the ideal candidate for the job?
Everyone knows the major job interview no-no’s: showing up late, asking about salary and benefits, being unprepared to ask questions about the company. Yet there are other, more subtle ways that women sabotage themselves in job interviews, often in an effort to seem pleasant and agreeable. The problem is, these mistakes don’t impress interviewers, and often lead to lower offers.
Here are five of the most common mistakes women make without even realizing it.
1. Complimenting the interviewer’s appearance
You might be tempted to say that you love her glasses or her shoes, but don’t. Mentioning an interviewer’s physical appearance can appear unprofessional, and create the impression that you aren’t serious. Focus your compliments on professional achievements and save the “I love your shoes!” for after you get the job.
2. Saying “I don’t know” or “I’ve never”
When an interviewer asks about something you don’t have experience with, it’s natural to want to admit it. Employers value a willingness to learn so instead of highlighting your inexperience by saying, “Well, I’ve never been in a situation like that,” or “I don’t really know,” answer in a way that affirms that you want to — and can — learn how to handle those scenarios.
With 20+ years of experience in human resources, I‘ve had my share of really bad interviews. I confess, early in my career, the bad interview experience could have been my fault. After all, the interview process can be just as grueling for the interviewer as it is for the interviewee; especially if either are inexperienced, overly nervous or just have poor communication and social skills. But, as I became more experienced, more precise with my questions and skilled at soliciting critical information without crossing any lines of legality – this takes a great deal of intuitive skill – it became apparent that sometimes…no, most of the time; it’s not me, it’s you. Yes, you…the ill prepared, inexperienced, uninformed and unprofessional job applicant. You are the primary reason why you’ve gone on a dozen interviews and were not hired.
It’s the most perplexing part of the job search. What did I do wrong? Why didn’t they call me back? How do I convince them that I’m the right person? When you’re getting interviews but no offers, you must look at yourself more closely. Something could be amiss.
Updated on July 24, 2023
What are Job Phrases?
Job phrases are specific sets of words or expressions commonly used in the context of job seeking and professional settings. These can range from buzzwords in job descriptions to action verbs and specific skills employers are looking for in candidates. Using the right job phrases can greatly enhance your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile and significantly increase your chances of getting noticed by hiring managers and recruiters.
Looking for a Job Phrases: How to Effectively Communicate Your Job Search
- “Actively seeking new opportunities”: This phrase clearly communicates that you are ready and willing to accept new professional challenges.
- “Open to roles in…”: Specify your areas of interest, such as “Open to roles in marketing or public relations.”
- “Interested in joining a company that…”: This phrase allows you to express the types of companies or environments you’d like to work in.
- “Seeking to leverage my skills in…”: By mentioning your specific skills, you indicate what you can bring to the table.
- “Experienced in…”: This statement demonstrates that you have real-world expertise in your field.
Remember to avoid using first-person language in these phrases as it can be seen as unprofessional or overly casual. For example, avoid saying “I am looking for a job” and instead opt for “Actively seeking new opportunities.”
Powerful Words for Interview: How to Make a Lasting Impression
- “Achieved”: This word shows that you have a track record of accomplishing goals or tasks.
- “Initiated”: This demonstrates proactivity and leadership.
- “Transformed”: This shows your ability to make significant changes or improvements.
- “Strategized”: This indicates your ability to plan and think ahead.
- “Resolved”: This shows problem-solving skills, a crucial aspect in many job roles.
During the interview, focus on using powerful action verbs like these to highlight your skills and experiences. Just as importantly, remember to substantiate these claims with specific examples of your achievements.
When preparing for an interview, consider your choice of language carefully. Using the right phrases and words can help you stand out from other candidates, effectively communicate your skills and achievements, and ultimately increase your chances of securing the job you desire. Always aim for clarity and specificity in your communication to ensure your potential employers understand the unique value you offer.
Remember that the goal is not just to use powerful words and phrases, but to paint a vivid and compelling picture of your professional journey and your potential as an employee. And, above all, to be authentic and truthful in all your communications. Employers value authenticity and honesty as much as they appreciate a well-crafted resume or a powerful interview.
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By Jean Baur
It’s an odd moment: you’re relieved that the interview is over, but then start worrying about how you did and when, if ever, you’ll hear from them. A day seems like a long time and a week is forever! What can you do to keep from climbing the walls or tearing your hair out?
Before you leave an interview, ask about their time frame. When do they plan on making a decision?