It’s never easy to deal with a job interview. On www.spanishviaskype.com, we help our students from a linguistic point of view: the common questions they’ll find or how to write a professional email, etc. However, we shouldn’t limit ourselves to learning the best answers, but also how to avoid the wrong ones.
“Errare humanum est” but wise people learn from their mistakes. All of us know the words that will hurt our friends, upset your parents or even cause a civil war. Because of that we will learn today what kind of expressions a job interviewer will not want to hear from you.
Due to the globalization, the Internet and the growing requirement levels, interviewers are used to hearing the same kind of fixed answers. In consequence, some of them are empty of meaning, informal or inaccurate.
No / Sí
Monosyllables are not a good choice to answer a question. The interviewer wants to know the most of you. If you offer a simple reply, don’t you think you are showing yourself as simple-minded person? Instead of that, use answers with arguments and examples of your work experience.
Esto…, pues… umm… All of these are accepted in the informal or colloquial speech, but not in formal situations. The interviewer might be very friendly and cool. Nevertheless, he is expecting a formal conversation. You can always replace las muletillas with conectores del discurso (linking words) to express cause (a causa de, puesto que, ya que…), consequence (por esto, debido a esto, en consecuencia…), order (primeramente, en segundo lugar, finalmente…) and much more.
Usted or tú
Absolutely usted, unless the interviewer says specifically you can use tú. Don’t try to ask him or her in the first place. The initiative should be taken by him or her.
Palabras vacías (empty words)
Trabajo bien en equipo (I work well in teams), aprendo rápido (I can learn very fast), soy un perfeccionista (I am a perfectionist)… Some years ago they were good answers, but currently they are overused and they’ve even lost their meaning. You better try with some examples of your own experience and try not to show an arrogant valuation of yourself.
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”. If Yoda said that, we should follow his advise. Odio and other negative terms are not considered acceptable. Don’t speak negatively about your former boss, workmates or other companies. Turn the dark side into the light side.
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