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Choice of Words for the Telephone Interview

February 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 275

There are millions and millions of words in the English language and approximately a dozen of words that mean the same thing or something slightly different, these are known as synonyms. How you say your words will determine whether it will increase your likelihood of acquiring a job or lower your chances. There are certain words that you can say at particular times to offer your interviewer or employer a much better impression of whom you are and what you bring to the table. For example, if the interviewer asks you to describe yourself in four to five words, which is quite typical simply because they want to get an initial impression of who you are as a person, it would be a good idea to use words to truly draw out your true assets rather than saying the first five words that come into your head or worse yet, overused regurgitated words that has been used thousands of times.

Rather than saying the words, good teamwork, you can say team oriented or instead of saying hard-working you can say self-motivated or disciplined. Although these words means practically the same thing, there are certain words that sound better to the interviewer and there are certain words which are both dull and overused. Saying you are hard-working sounds like you are attempting to validate that you will be hard worker and when the interviewer hears those words a trigger chimes in his head and doubt starts to sink in. The reason is, nearly every individual uses those exact words to secure a job and every other employee that was hired on probably lied that they were a hard worker; when you say those words, the employer is likely to make a false impression and relate you to those workers that lied and did not do there work. This will give you a false bad impression that you do not want. Now replace hard-working with disciplined, they mean relatively the same thing but the second one describes you a lot better and makes you sound more professional. As soon as the telephone interviewer hears those words, he will make a good assumption and think you are professional in your work.

As you can see an adjustment of one word can change a lot. If you decide to change your whole vocabulary or engage in intelligent word play during the entire interview, your chances or getting a follow-up interview or a job will skyrocket since it puts you way ahead of the pack or your competition. So next time your telephone interview is coming up practice what you are going to say in front of a mirror and come up with unique words that bests describes you because it sounds both authentic and professional.

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