Situational Vocabulary – Interviews

At the time of appearing for a job interview it’s important to use verbs that best explain and describe your duties and responsibilities of your present and past positions. The following list provides verbs that are both brief and commonly used in an English speaking workplace:-

Accomplished, adapted, arranged, assisted, attained, blended, carried out, collaborated,, compared, conducted, constructed, consulted, contracted, corrected, examined, handled, harmonized, harnessed, maintained, managed, mechanized, negotiated, perceived, performed, pioneered, strengthened, supervised, systematized, upgraded, validated, vitalized.

To describe your skills the following adjectives are useful:

Accurate, adept, broad-minded, competent, conscientious, creative, dependable, determined, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, experienced, fair
Verbs to describe your experience in your last job:

Carry out: To execute a plan or strategy, to make something happen.
“In my previous position as a researcher, I carried out three different lab experiments”
Collaborate: To work with others cooperatively to produce something
“I collaborated with a group of colleagues to develop a new sales strategy”
Develop: To create or build something
“We developed a new model for evaluating client satisfaction”
Implement: To carry something out
“Along with my sales team, I implemented an inbound marketing campaign and saw excellent results”
Introduce: To bring an idea
“I consistently introduced new ideas in our meetings with the president of our company”
Motivate: To give incentive to do something
“In my position as manager at my last job, I was able to motivate my colleagues to set a sales record in 2010”

15 Words You Should Never Use In A Job Interview

Um…
The biggest problem with this word is that you’re probably unaware of how much you use it.
If you listened to a recording of yourself, you’d probably be surprised (and probably horrified) at the amount of “umming” you do. Unfortunately, this makes you look less polished during a job interview. One of the best ways to remove this filler from your vocabulary is to let your friends and family know that you want their help and they can profit from it. Tell them that you’ll pay a dollar to every person who catches you using it.
Kinda…
Not only does this word make you sound like a teenager, it also introduces vagueness into your answers.
To make sure you come across confident and mature, replace “kinda” with clear “yes” or “no”. Follow your answer with a clear reason why you’ve taken that position.
Hate…
Nobody likes a hater. When a hiring manager or recruiter hears you say that word, they hear “high risk candidate”.
Avoid aiming this word at anyone or anything during your job interview. This includes “pet hates”, as well as feelings towards companies, ex-colleagues and – especially – bosses you’ve had.
Perfectionist
This is the most popular among overused, meaningless cliches.
There was a time when “I’m a perfectionist” was a clever way to get out of a question about your weaknesses. These days, any interviewer worth their salt will see through this ploy and cringe on the inside at your answer (and maybe on the outside, as well).

I
In today’s culture-centric employment world, you’re only as good as your ability to work as part of a team. While competitiveness is a great trait to demonstrate, overusing sentences like “I was the top salesperson in my company” can give off the impression that you’ll take it too far, pushing your colleagues down and aside in order to get to the top.
By all means, brandish your achievements, but let your interviewer know what that meant for the team and/or the company. For example, “I was the top salesperson in my last role during 2013, which meant I was able to exceed my targets by 1.2 crore during that year.”
Amazing
This is a word which is often used as a filler to convey positivity. The hiring manager might say, for example, “We just spent $20 million on a brand new office fit-out.” Instead of blurting out “Amazing!” to validate that choice, take a moment to think about the reasons behind such a move and provide analysis which the interviewer would find relevant. For example: “That must have done wonders for employee satisfaction.”
Learn
Don’t ever tell your interviewer that you’re applying for a job to “learn.”
It’s true that you’re expected to learn, but the primary motivation for applying should be your your ability to contribute something to the company that no-one else can.
Fired
You want to avoid this word at all costs. It can contextualize you in the interviewer’s mind as a troublemaker, and once that context is set, everything positive about you will be diminished and everything negative will be amplified. Having been fired doesn’t automatically put you into the “no” pile. However, not being able to talk about it diplomatically will.

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