Getting ready for a job interview? Find out exactly what you shouldn't say, thanks to our partner site DailyWorth:
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.
- "I can do anything."
- "I can try . . . "
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," says talent consultant Carol Watson, founder of recruiting firm Tangerine-Watson. Instead, be specific. Try: "You said you're looking for someone who can do X. Let me tell you about my experience with that."
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, says executive coach Marc Dorio, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Job Interview. 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.