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Employment: 7 Words to Never Forget in a Job Interview

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Always say the Interviewer's First Name

During the job interview, always say the first name of the interviewer


It may sound cliche, but it's true: we all love the sound our first name makes. This enthusiasm manifests itself from childhood, when our first name is the word we hear most often. Science teaches us that we recognize our first name from the age of four months. Even as adults, we probably continue to unconsciously associate our first names and nicknames with that wonderful time when we had no worries and where our slightest actions were praised. However, be careful not to overdo it. Say the name of your interlocutor when you arrive, then again when you leave. Say it more, and you'll sound like a bad actor in a (bad) infomercial.

Always say The Name of the Company

In a job interview, always say the name of the company


Your interviewer wants to feel that you are interested in the company or organization as a whole, not just the job you are applying for. So do your homework before the interview: read up on what this company does and its growth prospects. Then mention during the interview how impressed you are with such a strategy, such a campaign or an innovation… It is also in your own interest to do this research beforehand since you probably want to join a flourishing company rather than a company that is booming wing.

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Always say Colleague and Mentor

During your interview, always say: colleague and mentor

No company wants to hire people who are difficult to work with. Only toxic co-workers unfortunately don't arrive with a T-shirt that reads "Walking bundle of problems." The interviewer will therefore have to be very sensitive to the signs indicating that a person does not get along well with others. A small red light will for example light up if the candidate does not recognize the efforts of his colleagues. So when talking about your experience, remember to credit your colleagues and mentors as often as possible. Similarly, if you mentored less experienced co-workers in your old job, point that out in the interview. Companies are always eager to hire people capable of training young talents.

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Always say the Word Experience

Always say the word experience


Even if the person interviewing you received your CV a long time ago, don't assume that he or she has looked at it – or even that it has been read. (Tip: always bring an extra copy in case it gets misplaced.) So when asked what responsibilities you have had in this area, answer that you have x number of months or years of experience in this niche particular. Be sure to use the word “experience” – you want this message to go into your interviewer's head: “I am fully qualified and have all the experience necessary for this job.”

Qualifiers such as Persevering and Curious

Always Say: Qualifiers such as Persevering and Curious.


Regardless of the field or the job, perseverance and curiosity are qualities of great importance. If your employer asks you “What is your strength?” (or a variation of this question), tell him about your ability to keep going no matter what and the fact that you love to learn. You can of course name other strengths, but these two are essential.

Always say What's Next

Always say: what's next?


In a perfect world, your interviewer would explain to you in detail what the hiring process entails. But in reality, it's often you who will have to ask, "What's next?" Not only will the answer help you clarify your expectations of what's to come, but it will also show the interviewer that your intentions are serious and that you want to know how to get that new job. Your personality can help you get a job, but that's one of the things HR won't tell you.

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Always say Thank You

Always say: thank you


Many candidates leave their interview in a hurry, either because the interviewer just said “I need to look at all this” or “I have another interview”, or simply because they are relieved to be done with this stressful ordeal. Before leaving the premises, however, always look the person who greeted you in the eye and thank them for taking the time to meet you.

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