For some charismatic candidates, the interview is the most natural part of their job search. For the rest of us who find the interview to be the most nerve-wracking step, here are some useful phrases you can use during each phase that will help land the job.
Before the interview
- “I was so excited when I learned this position was open.”
Opening with this statement lets the interviewer know you are enthusiastic about the position – which should help you stand out from other candidates.
- “I’ve worked in this field for…”
Giving a concise “elevator pitch” that summarizes your career path before the interview process begins can help you make a positive first impression. Keep it brief and general, and end with what you’re looking for in a new position.
- “I really like how your company…”
Complimenting a specific company achievement shows a potential employer that you’ve done your homework; not only have you taken time to research the company, but you’re already a fan. Check out the company’s website, social media, and other communication channels to see what they’ve been up to.
During the interview
- “Here’s how I can help your company.”
Give the interviewer specific examples of what you bring to the table. Demonstrate your potential value to establish yourself as relevant.
- “I have experience with [requirement from job description].”
Relating specific professional experience that echoes words in the job description shows your interviewer that you speak the company’s language. Think of these words as keywords to help the employer optimize their search for the perfect candidate – you!
- “So, what you’re saying is…”
Interviewers love active listening, and one crucial element is “reflection.” Ask clarifying questions that recap what your interviewer has said. It shows you’re listening and engaged.
Ending the interview
- “What are your thoughts on me as a candidate?”
This will not only give you instant feedback on how the interview has gone, but it will also demonstrate that you want to close the deal.
- “This job sounds perfect for me because…”
Remember that opening elevator pitch you gave before the interview? Make a quick closing pitch and leave the interviewer with a lasting impression of your strengths.
- “I want this job.”
Concluding with this bold statement indicates your enthusiasm, sincerity, courage, and humility.
After the interview
- “Thank you for taking the time to talk today.”
Believe it or not, hiring managers only receive a thank-you note 24 percent of the time. Take the time to send an email or a handwritten note, and you’ll stand out.
- “Something I wanted to mention is…”
Chances are that, despite your interview preparation, you feel you fumbled an answer or two. If that’s the case, sending a follow-up email is an opportunity to get a do-over of sorts. Take that opportunity to provide a clearer or more expansive answer.
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