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First Impressions are everything. You already know how important it is to do your research on the company you’re interviewing for but what else can you do to improve your odds of landing the position?

Below is a list of words to refrain from using during an interview.


 Sure Answering questions with “sure” leaves the hiring manager hanging on for more details. Sure – no confidence, sure – maybe a little yes, maybe a little no. The last thing you want to do is confuse the hiring manager or come off like your unsure of how to answer the question. Be confident and solid in your answers. 


Kinda This word leaves the hiring manager feeling skeptical. If the answer is yes say so and give examples supporting your answer. If the answer is no simply say you have not yet had the chance to do said task yet, however based on what you have done this is how you would approach the situation…or something like that…phrase to,make flow.


Um This filler word can leave the impression that you are not confident. Saying it too many times will leave a bad impression on the hiring manager. If you need a second to gather your thoughts just say so. The best way to cut out filler words like Um and Hmm is with PRACTICE!


I tryYou either do or you don’t when it comes to answering interview questions. Using this phrase gives the interviewer a reason to question your response and makes you come off as non-committal.


HateHate is such a strong word and should never be used in an interview to describe your current situation or previous positions.  Passion is something employers want, but only if it’s positive.

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