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Avoid "Qualifying" Words for Better Job Interviews

Mihir Patkar, Gawker Media

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In a job interview, what you say matters as much as how you say it. A bad habit to avoid is qualifying your speech with unnecessary or unconfident adverbs, says Real Simple.

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A lot of people have negative speech habits, such as using hedges like just, actually, kinda, and almost. For example: "I'm just really grateful to be talking to you today" or "I'm kinda thinking I want to transition into this job." These hedges make you come across as less confident, less authoritative-and less employable. Same for using disclaimers like "Well, I'm really not an expert on this." People think these types of statements make them seem more likable or down-to-earth, but they undermine credibility. Before an interview, ask a friend to listen to your speech for any bad habits, since they are often unconscious. Then give yourself a few days to focus on each one, and excise all of them.

It's okay to not know how to answer a question, but attaching self-deprecatory caveats don't help. To avoid that, have a friend listen and point out your bad speech habits, although you can also use some of the same advice needed to avoid filler words like "um" when you talk.

5 Common Interview Mistakes | Real Simple

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