Updated: May 28
Author: Marcel Schwantes Source: Inc.com
For some charismatic job interviewers, this is the easy part — show up, wear something spiffy, and let the charm fly.
For the rest of us, though, the interview is often the most nerve-wracking. Luckily, Resume.io created a handy infographic with 12 useful phrases we should all be saying during each phase of the interview that will help land the job — charisma or not.
Before the interview
1. “I was so excited when I learned this position was open.”
According to Vicki Salemi, a Monster career expert, saying this right out the gate lets the interviewer know you are excited and enthusiastic about the position — which should help you stand out from other candidates.
2. “I’ve worked in this field for…”
Giving a concise personal pitch before the interview even begins can help form stronger connections and make a positive first impression, according to leadership guru, Todd Dewett. Remember: keep this “elevator pitch” short, general (rather than specific), distinctive, and end with what you’re looking for.
3. “I really like how your company [give an example of the company’s achievement].”
This will show your potential new employer that you’ve put in the effort; not only have you taken time to research the company, but you’re also a fan of what they’re up to. (And if you haven’t started researching yet — what are you waiting for? Check out the company’s website, social media, blogs, podcast, articles, etc.)
During the interview
1. “Here’s how I can help your company.”
“You need to clearly indicate potential value and relevance to the employer’s needs,” Georgia Adamson, CEO of A Successful Career, recently told The Independent. “If you don’t, someone else probably will.”
2. “I have experience with [requirement from job description].”
According to Monster‘s Vicki Salemi, using the particular keywords from the job description shows your interviewer that you speak the company language, which will make you a more attractive candidate. So before the interview, re-read the job description; think of these as interview buzzwords.
3. “So, what you’re saying is…”
According to research published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, when you ask clarifying questions or repeat back / recap what somebody says it shows that you are actively listening. So show the interviewer that you’re listening, engaged, and you care about understanding them.