Five words you should never use in a job interview – and STAR method that will guarantee you the job

Experts have shared the five words you should never use in an interview – and why they might harm your chances of getting the job. 

Director at Hays recruitment agency Jason Walker said words like ‘obviously’, ‘we’ and ‘workaholic’ should be avoided at all costs in interviews, while Manager at Randstad Technologies Ian Scott said there are other generic words to ditch.

Speaking to Seek, the expert shared the five words you should stop using now, and the STAR method that will guarantee you the job.

Director at Hays recruitment agency Jason Walker said words like ‘obviously’, ‘we’ and ‘workaholic’ should be avoided at all costs in interviews (stock image)

1. Obviously 

The first word to cut from your job interview jargon is ‘obviously’, which Mr Walker said is never good in a job setting.

‘Interviews are usually the first time we meet a candidate so you should not assume that anything is obvious,’ he told the publication.

‘We are trying to get an understanding of experience and how good a fit you would be for an organisation so steer clear of implying we already know the answer.’ 

Instead of saying obviously, list your achievements and accomplishments without the qualifying word. 

2. We

While there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’, Mr Walker said you should steer clear of using the word ‘we’ too much when you’re looking for a job.

‘The interviewer doesn’t want to hear “we did XYZ in our department”,’ he explained.

Far more important is the exact role that you played in their success and how you took ownership. 

If you find yourself saying ‘we’ a lot, try to make a conscious effort to think about your own personal role.

3. Workaholic

One of the most cliched words that gets wheeled out time and again in an interview setting is ‘workaholic’ – which is both generic and often a lie. 

Mr Walker said if you think you’re going to be able to ‘woo’ your interviewer by saying you’re a ‘workaholic’, then you should think again.

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