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Ten Overused Phrases Interviewers Can't Stand

Jeff Hindenach | Excelle


Interviews are always pretty difficult. You’re nervous. You don’t have a lot of personal space. You are forced to answer multiple questions back to back with no time to rest. And your whole professional future seems depend on this one tiny thing. Terrifying! So it’s easy to understand why so many interviewees depend on clichés to answer interview questions.

But those off-the-cuff responses aren’t going to get you hired. So we’ve figured out the 10 most common overused interview answers and given you some alternatives that will pack a punch and keep you
on track for success.


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    Wow! You said a mouth full - I had some computer skills that has been really outdated I have taken it off .

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    great advice, thanks...

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    cjvideopro

    about 4 years ago

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    I could not imagine saying most of these things in an interview--they just seem unprofessional. The only one I am guilty of is #9. I've been on several interviews where I completely matched all of the skills listed in the job posting, and my personality matched with the company image, etc., and I really felt like I was the perfect fit for the position. But I still didn't get the job. Maybe they didn't like that phrase either.

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    LaurieSheppard

    over 4 years ago

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    I found your 10 phrases and comments on these useful, in that an Interviewee's primary job is to set themselves apart from other Interviewees. If you're saying cliched expressions rather than offering unique verbage with short examples of how you'd excel in this job, then you won't be remembered.

    Strive to use good visual analogies, i.e. our whole team was white water rafting on a 5+ river on that particular project, but I helped us navigate safely to shore when I did "X" (your offer of short examples from your work experience where you had a challenge and met it well).

    This will be your calling card to the next step in an interview process.

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    DanielleMW

    almost 5 years ago

    10 comments

    My thumbs down was only meant for that ONE section!!

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    DanielleMW

    almost 5 years ago

    10 comments

    If you tell the interviewer that you "want to use this position to gain experience and then move on," he or she will wad up your resume as soon as you leave. Who wants to hire someone knowing that you PLAN to use the position as a stepping stone?

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