The Two Words You Should Avoid in Your Next Interview

August 15, 2017

Career Advice

It’s no secret that great speakers probably perform a lot better in an interview setting. After all, they are great at communicating an idea (“Hire me!”) and are comfortable while they do it.

For the rest of us, interviews can be a time of anxiety and doubt. Literally every word can be a struggle. That’s why we use fillers such as “umm” and “like.” But those aren’t the two words we’re telling you to avoid during your next interview. It’s something that likely strikes, you know, closer to home.

*Record scratch* “You know” are those two words. They slip so easily into conversations especially during an interview setting. These two words are used so carelessly that we’ve forgotten what they mean. Oftentimes when we say “you know” the person doesn’t know! That’s why they asked!

While “you know” isn’t the end-all be-all when it comes to assessing a successful interview, removing it from your vocabulary will help your overall communication style become more succinct, clear, and effective. And isn’t that what you want in an interview?

If you’re afraid those two little words will slip into the conversation when you’re under pressure, practice talking about yourself in front of a family member and ask them to interrupt you each time you say “you know.” Also, try speaking more slowly and thoughtfully. It’s ok to pause and think as opposed to rambling with filler words as you try to gather a response.

Do you have any tips to avoid using filler words like “you know” and “umm?” Comment below!

Image via Kate Dreyer/Flickr.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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2 Comments on “The Two Words You Should Avoid in Your Next Interview”

  1. Cary Charles Says:

    “I mean” and “actually”.
    You know…I mean…like…actually… I hate those fillers! IMHO


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