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6 Sloppy Speech Habits to Avoid

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You may look good on paper or in your suit, but if you’re looking to nail your big interview, looks aren’t everything. How you sound is often more important. But many job seekers let careless speech habits sink their chances of landing that plum job.

The Bottom Line: You don’t have to study elocution to speak well. Simply slow down, take time to pronounce all the syllables, and leave slang at home.

Companies want job candidates who are well-spoken and articulate, and recruiters won’t represent a job candidate if they don’t match the client’s profile. According to Lori Zelman, vice president of human resources at Strategic Workforce Solutions in New York City, “The people most highly sought after are the ones who are succinct in the explanation of their work experience.”

Here are six common language mistakes and how to keep them from sabotaging your interview or meetings with clients.


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    9 months ago

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    SkegeeDiva

    about 3 years ago

    8 comments

    Great article!

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    Account Removed

    about 3 years ago

    The question should be how good is your Spelling? I have never seen grammar spelled that way,with the exception of the formal name, such as Kelsey Grammer (alias Dr. Frazier Crane). :)

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    RedHorse7

    over 3 years ago

    60 comments

    lady-poet . . . You hit the nail on the head!! Those are two of my biggest pet peeves. One other is "we found you some money" instead of "we found some money for you". I wasn't lost so you didn't need to find me.

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    Gisela

    about 4 years ago

    8 comments

    I agree with the 6 habits. Many times we are excellent employees but nerves betray us and we look bad. Unfortunately, that first impression is that the employer has to get to the second interview.

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    CaroleLotito

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I worked with a brilliant (humorless) man who was an uptalker. Made every thought sound like he was a Valley Girl. Very funny actually.

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    sherrychao

    about 4 years ago

    16 comments

    I personally think it is a CONTROL issue on the employers part. If this person is "ignorant" how did they get in for an interview in the first place? I have worked with some "uneducated" people but I wouldn't (which stands for would not) call them "ignorant." At my last job I worked with a bunch of pompous millionaires and I was one of the "ignorant" ones because I happened to shop at Walmart, or my daughter collects disability. They like to make people feel inferior. Not all, but most boss' i've worked for and they all happened to be men.

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    sherrychao

    about 4 years ago

    16 comments

    What if you have a speech impediment? I have worked with people who actually do have speech impediments. What do you do? Do you let the interviewer know?

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    TradeShowDisplays

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I think most of these mistakes happen purely because the interviewee is nervous. I know that I look like an idiot at interviews despite being a decent public speaker, even with prior preparation.

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    lady_poet

    about 4 years ago

    34 comments

    The ignorance of so-called "well-educated" people never ceases to irritate me. How anyone in the professional business world can go through life making the grammatical and speech errors pointed out in this article mystifies me.

    My pet peeve: ignorant people who don't understand the difference between "it's" and "its". How stupid when people write down, for example: "The cat washed it's paws." Wrong! Totally wrong, and here's why: "it's" is a contraction for the phrase "it is". The correct way is: "The cat washed its paws", since the word "its" is the possessive form of the pronoun "it".

    Another pet peeve regarding ignorant people: when they write down, for example: "Don't loose your keys." Stupid and wrong! The word "loose" (as in "tie a loose knot") rhymes with "goose" - or are some folks out there too uneducated to realize that? The proper spelling in this example is "lose": "Don't lose your car keys."

    Such ignorance.

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    perplexor

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    The questions asked often are no-brainers, but we cannot be fully honest in our answers. For example: Why do you want to work here? Most of the time, we work for money and benefits, but often we have to come up with some other reason. This is probably the most annoying part of the song and dance we commonly refer to as the interview.

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    Account Removed

    about 4 years ago

    Its amazing how you respond to questions in a interview. I've interviewed many people myself and I know what to look for when the person i'm interviewing answers the question. The problem is when its my time to be interviewed for a new job, it seems I forget exactly what they are looking for!

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    edvinlopez

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    The interview process is all a joke! you are lying there and pretend that you want the stupid work and stupid lies on the table and pretend he or she has an idea of hiring someone. 9 times out of 10 races and aptitude never enter the picture.

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    kittenpurr

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Sometimes....it happens to the best of us; if you should happen to have a moment like this... have a tissue handy, um... I had something stuck in my throat, excuse me.

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