Big job interview coming up? Great stuff! You have the experience, you have the qualifications. You can walk the walk. But can you talk the talk?
Usually, it’s the other way around. Folk wants to know you can really do your job, not just talk it up! But in a job interview, you need to come across eloquent and professional.
You have to convince them that you can do your job… using only the power of words! If you’re one of those people who says ‘like’ all the time, you’re probably already worried about coming across like a teenager or a beatnik.
Experts say that if you, like, constantly use filler words like ‘like,’ it may actually demonstrate that you’re thoughtful and nuanced in what you want to say. But unfortunately, most regular people will just assume you’re lazy, stupid, or even dishonest. Like, totally unfair!
So with this job interview approaching, you’ll want to take steps to get that word, and all those other ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ that make it seem like you might not know what you’re talking about, out of your vocabulary.
You can actually start not with your words, but with your body language. Stand or sit up straight, and keep your hands out of your pockets. This will make you feel more confident and look more confident, which is a good start in itself. But you will also use that confidence to blast your way through sentences without using so many filler words.
Then try re-calibrating your rate of speech. Pause before you talk, to take time to think of what you will say. Speak slowly, so your mind can deliver better words than ‘like’ when you need them. (This is yet another trick to make you look more confident!)
Going slowly will also allow you to focus more on your surroundings, including looking at your interviewers in the eye. This keeps you in the zone, keeps you on pace, and reduces the number of filler words you will use.
Ok. Now it’s time to go into training. Watch the experts. Or the so-called experts. Those people on TV, such as sports commentators and TV anchors who keep talking without ever appearing like they don’t know what they’re talking about. Even when they often have nothing to really say. Of course, you only want to say meaningful stuff, but if you can pick up some rhetorical tricks to play for time, it all helps.
Once you’ve tried all these vocabulary techniques, it’s time to practice by facing yourself in the mirror for two minutes at a time and just talking. Maybe ask yourself a question, and then answer it. Practice works.
Feel better? Now you can truly prove that you can walk, talk, and everything else your chosen profession. For a few more vocabulary pointers ahead of your interview, check out this new infographic from QuickQuid.