TheStreet: 13 Words You Don't Realize Will Sink Your Job Interview

Leading digital financial media organization, TheStreet, published an article on November 8, 2013, featuring Pinstripe Director of Excellence Initiatives, Tegan Trovato. The editorial, 13 Words You Don’t Realize Will Sink Your Job Interview, explores “seemingly innocuous words” to avoid (and why) when interviewing for a job and professionally networking. Tegan contributed four of these 13 terms to the article, and her insights are highlighted below.

Excerpt from the article:

3. Amazing 
"Candidates don't realize how bad fluffy words like 'amazing' are for their intellect," says Tegan Trovato, Director of Excellence Initiatives for talent acquisition firm, Pinstripe.

"People use this word when they're selling their own band or when they get nervous and want to convey positivity," Trovato says. "But if you fire off a fluffy word every other sentence, you lose credibility and start to look overly salesy."

6. Whatever 
"'Whatever' is our verbal version of throwing up our hands at a situation," Trovato says. "If you end a sentence during an interview with something like, 'I did what I could, but whatever,' it shows you chose to disconnect from a situation rather than see it through."

Overall, 'whatever' comes across as dismissive or even angry, and all the interviewer will hear is that you never tried, she says.

7. Stuff 
When someone asks you what your job duties were at your last position, saying 'Oh, a lot of stuff," is the quickest way to get your resume thrown in the trash, Trovato says.

"We are often overly secure in being able to explain the work we do because we do it every day," Trovato says. "But before you go into an interview, you need to practice telling someone about your key responsibilities." …

13. OMG
"'OMG' makes you hear screeching breaks whenever the term is uttered," Trovato says.

Granted, it is more commonly used with millennials, but Trovato says it can even sneak up on older, more seasoned candidates.

"No one wants to look stiff in front of an interviewer, and in order to form a connection with them, we might slip into more casual speech, but any acronyms are a no-go -- especially OMG."

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