The 5 Things You MUST Say in a Job Interview

Say-in-a-Job-InterviewYou always hear about what you shouldn’t say in an interview, but what should you say?What are those tid-bits you should mention that will set you apart from the rest?

Here are a few that I found incredibly helpful:

That You Actually Want the Position

This little tidbit could be the one thing that sets you apart from the other candidates. Don’t play it cool and aloof in this situation. If you are eager to be hired for the position, LET THEM KNOW. But remember to always be prepared to tell them why.

Your Familiarity with the Company

Expressing your familiarity with the company you are interviewing with is a great way to SHOW the employer how interested you are and how invested you will be in your job, without actually having to say exactly that.

Good Buzzwords

Whenever you are asked a question about yourself, like what skills do you possess, or do you think you are a team player, make sure to use your buzzwords. Collaborative, innovative, pro-active, drive, cooperate, team ethic, contribute…these are all great words to use. Come up with a few of your own that you feel really describe you, and make sure to use them in an interview.

Future Plans

If you have the desire to really build a career in one company, make sure to mention that in your interview. No company wants to invest time and money in you to have you leave after three years. That being said, if your future plans involve using this job as a springboard to launch your acting/singing career, it’s probably best not to mention that.

Ask Questions

When asked at the end of an interview, NEVER say no. Always have some questions up your sleeve. Usually two or three questions would be sufficient. Questions should be centered on the company, and again show your interest. If you have noticed that they have won several awards, ask why they think they have that edge.

During your next interview, say these 5 things… and see if you get that much closer to a job offer!





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Nola-GreenAbout the Author: Nola Green graduated in 2011 from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism, an emphasis in public relations and two minors in Spanish and anthropology. Nola is currently a student services representative at UC San Diego. 



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  • Jmodio

    I really wanted this job, and though the interview went really well. Thinking back, they asked about 5 yrs down the line and said I wanted to be doing my own thing. They said they didn’t think it was a culture fit. Woops.

    • People sometimes ask, “Do people really say things like that?!” You’re a case in point. 🙂

      Sometimes that happens. It’s hard to always give the “right” answer off the top of our head in the pressure of the interview.

      There have been worse things said though. I once interviewed someone and asked why they wanted this particular job. I am not kidding he said, “I’m just looking for something where I can hang out for a while until I figure out what I want to do.”

      He did not get hired.

      • Jmodio

        I had an interview yesterday. No questions like that arose. I made sure to ask my share of questions about the company – in which I saw them take notes when I did. Overall, it was better than past ones I had. I would love the opportunity to work with them.

        I also have another interview Monday as well. The more I have interviews, the most I know what to expect. I still manage to get nervous though and forget things I was going to say and ask. I always need water because I get dry mouth really mouth.

        • Job interview performance is like anything else… a skill that one can develop. You often hear people say things like “I suck at interviewing!” When you ask them how many interviews they’ve been on, most often the answer is “Um… like three…”

          Of course you suck at it! What in your life are you ever really good at the first couple times you try it?

          You’re absolutely right… “The more I have interviews, the (more) I know what to expect”.

          We hope you get that job!

  • Alexander James

    I have a tendency to act aloof too often…

    But I always love it when there is someone giving us job advice when he/she’s job doesn’t exactly seem like the best job they could be having… Like my friend who is an actress who now helps people with their resumes… If she was so great at resumes, why doesn’t she have an acting gig? 😛

    I kid. Thanks for the advice, Nola!

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