Interviews can be a daunting process, especially when you’ve got a lot riding on the half an hour you’re sitting down with the manager. A great deal of the time, interviewers ask questions that tend to promote uninspired answers. And with this comes the many other interviewees with the same clichéd answers. Ultimately, to acquire a job you need to set yourself apart and hone in on different answers to make yourself memorable. So, here are some of the things that interviewers are tired of hearing, and how to avoid them.
Not Being Honest When It Comes To Weaknesses
Sometimes the interviewer will ask what one of your biggest weaknesses is. This is the opportunity to answer honestly and humbly.. Not turn the entire question into a chance to be full of yourself. Often the sentence “my biggest weakness is that I’m a perfectionist,” is thrown around. While you may mean well by saying this, your employer might not buy it like you assumed they would. Being a perfectionist is a good thing most of the time, so twisting it to sound like a negative is a bit pointless. A good thing to do is be honest about what you may not be the best at, but offer solutions for it that you’ve been implementing for yourself. You could even go one step better and rephrase the question back to them with your answer. The word ‘challenged’, for example, is a good alternative to weakness.
I’m A Hard Worker
Okay, you may totally be the one that works twice as hard as everyone in your office, but this phrase is tossed around by every guy and gal under the sun. A more effective strategy would be offering life examples and attitudes that portray your work ethic. If you remember doing more than what was asked of you for a job, this could be used as a perfect example.
I Definitely Want To Work Here
Well duh, you applied for the job, you wanting to work there is pretty obvious. A better alternative is to talk about what excites you about the role and how you’d make the most of it. Employers want to know why you’d like working for their company and how you’d add your own flair to the role. Rather than a general blanket statement with no backbone.
I Find I’m Always Working
It’s okay to love what you’re doing. In fact, it’s ideal. Being a workaholic isn’t necessarily part of a lot of work cultures these days. Many businesses today have more of a focus on work/ life balance, rather than extravagant hours. Ultimately employers want to know that you’ll be able to do the job efficiently and not burn out.
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