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Casual, Harmless Words to Avoid During the Interview
Author: Micah June 6, 2010 Job Interview Tips No Comments Tags: Tags: Answers, etiquette, Interview Preparation
Most job interview advice focuses on interview questions and answers, as well as behaviors and dress code. Yet there is a tricky aspect of job interviews that is difficult to avoid but useful to keep in mind. That is the use of the English language.
Part of how you answer job interview questions – and how you relate to your interviewer – has to do with how you use the English language. Word choice is important, and there are some words that, while they may not kill your interview, may cause you to appear either less professional or less intelligent.
There are a lot of words that we use every day that in many ways are completely harmless. You say these words without a second thought, and most of the time your interviewer will not notice. Yet many of these casual words are just that – casual. They do not help you represent the intelligent, professional employee that you hope to be. There are some casual words that you should obviously avoid:
These words are used as slang, and slang should be avoided. No surprise there. However, there are words that are not remotely slang that should also be avoided, if possible:
These words may seem harmless, and ultimately may not affect your interview, but they are still words that do not have that professional sound that you want to maintain at interviews. There are hundreds of words just like these that are completely harmless but still risk causing you to lose that professionalism that you worked so hard to achieve. Try to replace them with more professional sounding words:
•“Close personal acquaintance.”
•“One of my family members” or “Mother.”
•“Classes” or “University.”
Young high school students say they were “going to school.” University graduates say they “Attended classes.”
Choosing Your Words
It may seem minor, and ultimately may not affect your interview, but you should still try to ensure that all of the words you use maintain the same professional appearance you have worked to maintain. You never know when one little word can cause you to appear less professional.
Take Away Interview Tips
•Choose your words carefully.
•Refrain from words that sound too casual/young.
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Wrong Words Lose Job Interviews
Avoid Fillers, Slang, Street Speak, Cursing and Swearing
* Apr 12, 2008
* Deborah S. Hildebrand
Everyone should know by now that the way to win the job interview process is to behave like a professional. That includes the words and tones candidates use.
Everyone is always saying how important it is for people to be themselves. And it’s true. However, when it comes to job interviews job seekers need to don a more professional image that may or may not fit with how they view themselves.
Truth of the matter is that when candidates sit face to face with the interviewer prepared to have a lengthy discussion about their background and work experience, it can be totally disconcerting to the interviewer if the job seeker suddenly launches into street speak, slang and filler words.
Imagine a candidate giving himself a two-finger double thump to the chest while saying, “Yo, dawg, gotta give you props because this gig sounds off the hook.” That just won’t work; at least not in most companies in the U.S.
While this kind of language is fine between friends, when it comes to working in the real world, job seekers need to take the time to clean up their act.
Eliminate Filler Words from the Conversation
Yes, it can be difficult for candidates seeking employment to adapt their look and communication style in order to land the opportunity they seek. However, Corporate America has defined a clean-cut image as the one that is acceptable. That means candidates need to incorporate professional words and a polished attitude into their presentation package.
Sprinkling in filler words such as “um”, “you know”, and “like” is a bad habit usually enhanced by nerves and can often be difficult to break. Consider taking public speaking courses or joining a group like Toastmasters to help remedy this crutch.
* Interview Communication Skills
* A Job Interview is More than Just a Conversation
* Top Five Interview Mistakes to Avoid
Drop Slang and Street Jargon During the Interview
Anyone in Los Angeles in the early eighties probably remembers the emergence of Valspeak popularized by Moon Zappa and based heavily on surfer slang. Valley girl jargon with phrases like “totally tubular” and “gnarly to the max” became very popular with younger adults. Unfortunately, there is still a hold over today with some of the words, like “dude,” “duh” and “what-ever.”
Job seekers may drop these expressions into their everyday vocabulary with friends, even family; however, interviewers are looking for more. One of the top qualities that employers seek in candidates is the ability to communicate clearly and concisely without the use of filler words and street slang.
Avoid Using Curse Words to Emphasis a Point
Cussing and swearing may improve workplace camaraderie, but job seekers are wise to hold off until they land a position before they tell someone he’s a hell of a guy.
When a candidate explains to an interviewer the reason he left his last job was because his boss was a pr**k, it’s difficult to take anything else he has to say seriously. Right or wrong there is a belief by recruiters and hiring managers that job seekers will be on their best behavior during the interview. And if that best behavior is riddled with inappropriate language, it’s difficult to believe that it will get better on the job.
The world of business has an established decorum. There are expectations that people will be courteous and professional, especially during the job search process. That’s why using professional words and tones are important to winning the job search.
Copyright Deborah S. Hildebrand. Contact the author to obtain permission for republication.
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The Words You Use During Your Job Interview Send A Strong Message
By Carole Martin
Expert Author Carole Martin
The words you use to express yourself say more about you than you think. In fact, your vocabulary and the use of appropriate words say more about you than the message you are trying communicate. You are judged by the words you use. When you are looking for a job it is not only important to use the "right" words and language - it is essential.
It begins with the writing of your resume and continues in the way that you answer the questions asked in an interview. Each industry uses "key words" or "lingo" for each position. In order to be prepared it will be important for you to research these words and to use them appropriately. If you do you will sound more knowledgeable and "in-the-know."
How will I know which words are "key"?
Key words are found in job postings/ads. For each position there are common words that describe what is required for a job. Job postings are a list of qualities and skills employers are looking for in a candidate - their "wish list."
Here is an example of common words used in postings for an Executive Secretary position: (Six postings were used).
"Confidential" (used in all six postings)
"Ability to proofread and edit" (used in all six postings)
"Excellent written and verbal communication skills" (used in four of six postings)
"Organized, Attention to detail" (used in all six postings)
Other words used included, "Discretion," Judgment," Self-starter," Scheduling," "Prioritize," and "Multi-tasking."
If you are applying for an Executive secretary position these are the key words to include in your cover letter and resume. Electronic resume scanners will seek out these words to select your resume as qualified for the position. If these words are missing your resume may not be selected. These are also the words to use in the interview that will make you sound like someone who is a good fit for the position.
Finding the Key Words for Your Position
A good place to start is with job postings. Common words are used to describe the requirements needed for each job. By printing out several posting you will begin to see the "key" words repeated over and over. The only criteria for finding these words should be that you are interested in the job and not limiting your search by location. Make a list of the words that are used repeatedly and note how often they are used.
Another source of words is The Occupational Information Network http://online.onetcenter.org/. You will find a complete list of occupation keywords, SOC codes, Job Families. This site also lists skills required - basic skills, social skills, experience and tasks required. Check these words against the list from the job postings you used to build a stronger list.
When you begin to write your resume or prepare your interview script you will find these words invaluable. Of course, you would never use a word just to impress your interviewer. Knowing the definition behind the word is what will convince the interviewer that you know what you are talking about.
The right words can make a big difference in a single statement - more concise and to the point - more powerful and impressive. Finding the "key" words will make your statements more powerful. Speaking the industry lingo will help you be taken more seriously as a candidate worthy of a job offer.
Carole Martin is a celebrated author, trainer, and mentor. Carole can give you interviewing tips like no one else can. Get a copy of her FREE 9-part "Interview Success Tips" report by visiting Carole on the web at The Interview Coach
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10 Interview Methods
By John Tam
1. Screening method
Screening method are generally implemented when an employer has a large applicants in which they want to narrow down to a more manageable Number.
2. Behavioral interview
In this one, candidates are asked to show their experience, skills and activities etc - as examples of your past behavior.
3. Stress method
The stress method is created to find applicants who can handle stress situations, and handle it well. For some jobs, jobholders has to work under high pressure so that employers need to check this ability of candidate.
4. Situational interview
A situational method utilizes hypothetical situations/events in the form of a question. Candidates are asked how they would react if they encountered that event. In situational interviewing, job-seekers are asked to respond to a specific situation they may face on the job, and some aspects of it are similar to behavioral interviews.
5. Phone interview
Phone is a method which is conducted by telephone. Most screening interviews are done by phone interview. A phone interview is also used when candidates reside in other countries.
6. Face to face
Face to Face interview (one to one interview) is most common interview method and just involves interviewer and interviewee alone in a private office. This is also known traditional interview in which job seekers meet the employers in face to face
All the candidates/job seekers will be in the same room during the interview with one or some interview.
A panel is a technique that allows several member of a hiring company to interview a interviewee at the same time. A panel include a committee interview and one interviewee.
9. Unstructured technique
Unstructured interview are a method of interviews where questions can be changed to meet the respondent's intelligence, understanding.
10. Structured technique
The interviewer has a standard set / sequence of questions that are asked of all candidates. Interviewers read the questions exactly as they appear on the survey questionnaire.
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