At any interview, you want to be remembered for all the right reasons. You want to make sure you show all the qualities the interviewer is looking for. You want to show that you have a lot of personality, and avoid anything that causes an interviewer to feel uncomfortable around you. You definitely don’t want to be annoying.
Unfortunately there are some words and phrases that do just that. The following are examples of those words and phrases.
Annoying Job Interview Statements
- “I hated…”
As soon as you say you “hated” something, your interviewer is immediately going to be turned off. “Hate” implies a strong negative emotion. When you say you “hate” anything, you show that you’re a person that is willing to devote energy to sharing negativity with others. Avoid all negative emotional statements.
- “No biggie.”
Another type of phrase that can be very annoying is the dismissive phrase that uses slang. When you say that something is “no big thing” you’re automatically avoiding any substantive content and dismissing what the interviewer asked. Avoid things like “no problem” and “no worries” and other phrases that don’t say anything of any real value.
- “I hope to go to graduate school and …”
Employers are purposefully hiring those that are going to stick around. But many applicants have their own life goals, and simply need to work until they’re ready to pursue those goals. While those goals are admirable, they shouldn’t be shared during the interview, because it makes it sound like you’re going to leave as soon as you can. That will quickly annoy an interviewer that’s picturing their ideal applicant.
Interviewers will also quickly be annoyed by one word answers. They’re asking you questions specifically to learn more about you. A one word answer doesn’t provide that information. If you’re asked something that could easily have a longer answer, give a longer answer.
- “I don’t have any weaknesses.”
We spoke with many interviewers and asked them what phrases annoyed them the most. The most popular reply was “I don’t have any weaknesses.” That type of answer was so annoying to many interviewers, that it would change the whole tone of the interview. Have a look at our post on how to answer the biggest weakness question and our list of acceptable weaknesses.
Be The Least Annoying You Can Be
Remember that an interview is the place to showcase your best qualities. Try to avoid any of the common “annoying” phrases that turn off the interviewer.
See Also – related post – 8 Job Interview Mistakes You Need to Stop Right Now