Career Testing
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Career Testing
INTERVIEWS / FEB. 28, 2015
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What You Say Is Not Always What Your Interviewer Hears - VIDEO

The day of your job interview is approaching, and you are feeling hopeful that you are going to show the best of yourself and let your key skills shine. So, you have planned your answers properly, got prepared for every possible scenario, and you have also established how your skills, experience and expertise will create value for the potential employer. Well, so far it’s all well and good, but what if you go to the interview and the interviewer gets the wrong impression?

This video demonstrates that what you say is not always what your interviewer hears. Put things the wrong way, and they may hear something you were never meant to say. For example:

  • I am sorry I didn’t bring a copy of my resume with me = I really care very little about this job. I didn’t even bother to bring my resume.
  • Do you think I’ll get an office? = I want all the things I don’t deserve.
  • What is your vacation policy like? = I can’t wait to not be at my new job.
  • I am a team player, and I am a people person = All I have to offer you are clichés.

See? Generic answers like these lead to misinterpretations that could finally cost your dream job. What’s the lesson here? If you want to show your passion and stand out from the competition, always show them something they have not seen before, something you really identify with and reflects your true self.

Do you give generic answers in interviews? Do you think it has cost you many job opportunities? Your thoughts and comments below...

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