Communicative and verbal mistakes made in a job interview

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Communicative and verbal mistakes made in a job interview

Expressing verbally in an interview can be very complicated when we’re new to the job market. Many verbal mistakes can create misunderstandings and awkward situations. Words and Phrases can be misinterpreted or badly received. How to speak correctly in a job interview? We’ll tell you now.

First of all we have to see if the interviewer is from our country or if he’s from another one. If he’s a foreigner we must use a direct language and without double interpretation. Many times we don’t realize that the words that we often use don’t mean the same in other parts of the world, they can even mean vulgar things. So we should see what words are used only in our country and we can replace them with others that are more general of our language.

In regards to the idioms, it’s not advisable to use them in an interview with someone from your country either. Naturally they will understand them, but these tend to be informal and can bother the interviewer.

Body language in a job interview
Body language in a job interview

Now, moving to the interview as it is, there’s something that you should remember: Direct questions require direct answers. For example: The interviewer asks: “Why do you like our company?” Many people try to say good things about the company and start talking about things that happened long ago or about the history of the company; this is a mistake because the interviewer wants to know what your impression of the company is, not information that he already knows.
So say what’s precise and necessary; try to give an extra value that speaks about you and that gets to the point that the question is looking for.
This does not mean that the answer needs to be short, it just has to be well reasoned in relation to what’s being asked.
Going back to the question we mentioned before it would be incorrect to answer: “I like the company because it’s serious, professional and it has a good projection”, this is a short answer, but says nothing to us, this is why you have to think what you’re going to say and try to find distinctive features in your answer without redounding or getting side-tracked.

Something that often bothers the interviewers is the reiteration of words over and over again, for this reason, studying synonyms of the words we find ourselves repeating too much can be very helpful when it comes to speaking better and giving a better impression.

Another common error that many make is to think that the interviewer knows the vocabulary that you used in your previous jobs. Let’s think about an interview where there’s a good dialogue and suddenly the applicant says “well, the P.E was…” P.E often stands for: Professional Engineer, and it’s a mistake to think to assume that the interviewer knows this term; so use the word without acronyms and you’ll be sure that the conversation is being understood properly.

A phrase that many use to think what they’re going to say without creating uncomfortable silences is: “Umm I’m not sure… but I guess that…”, the candidate may in fact know the answer, but the truth is that it sounds as if they were about to make up what they’re going to respond.
If you need a little time to think, try to say: “That it’s a good question, I believe that…” or “Well, I think the best way to do this is by…”, etc.
What we have to do is use a positive language that shows assurance in the answer.

Our advice is that you try to speak as clearly and neutrally as you can; this way the communication with the interviewer will be pleasant and without any misunderstandings. It might be tough to learn to express simply and directly or without using slang words. So if you’re having difficulties with it just remember that practice is your best friend and constancy the best way to keep it.