Interviews are always a step closer to landing that dream job. It is always the time to impress the recruiter or hiring manager.
However, I noticed some job seekers especially fresh graduates tend to blow their chances when it comes to answering interview questions. Most likened it to inexperience, the pressure to deliver or impress the interviewer (i.e. Recruiters/Hiring Managers).
Recruiters/Hiring Managers are definitely looking for candidates that are bold in their expression and can also solve organizations’ problems. Otherwise, there won’t be any reason to consider such a candidate. But knowing the right phrases to use in an interview, can sometimes boost the confidence of any job seeker and express their knowledge in a professional manner.
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According to Tracie Murray, “we all struggle to come up with the right phrase to use in an interview, especially school leavers.”
I attended an interview at United Bank for Africa (UBA), Marina, Lagos; the recruiter asked me, “Who are you?”
I muttered some words and looked so boring. I don’t need anyone to tell me I have failed as I stuttered while trying to find the appropriate phrases to express myself.
- Why did I fail a simple question?
- Was it lack of confidence?
- Was it lack of knowledge?
- Was it because I wasn’t prepared?
It was neither a lack of confidence nor a lack of knowledge. I was well prepared. But it was due to the lack of right phrases to buttress my knowledge and boost my confidence. I never made it to the next round.
Instead of playing the blame game, I decided to look into the mirror. Playing the blame game will not take me far. So I decided to find the right phrases to use during interviews. Perhaps, many job seekers can benefit from them.
However, Tracie Murray came up with some phrases that might be helpful during a job interview. These phrases can be used when expressing yourself to an interviewer. It will help in defining yourself clearly and concisely.
Positive English Phrases to Use at Interview
- I am incredibly ambitious, and this role would be an excellent opportunity for me.
- I’m confident I would make a valuable asset to your team.
- I am conscientious and make sure I take care when doing a task.
- I am easy-going and find it benefits me to be kind and helpful.
- I pride myself in being honest and loyal because I believe it’s essential.
- I’m very motivated and love what I do.
“Using phrases and keywords in your interview will increase your chances of success. Try writing more and use them at your next interview. It could be your day.” – Tracie Murray