10 Overused Phrases Interviewers Hate

Interviews are hard. You’re nervous. You’re usually in close quarters. You have to answer question after question with little recovery time. And your entire professional future seems to hang in the balance of this one encounter. It’s no wonder so many interviewees resort to clichés when
answering interview questions.

But panicked responses aren’t going to land you that job. So we’ve shined a spotlight on the 10 most common overused interview answers and given you some alternative answers that will carry more weight and keep you
on track for success.

1. “I’m Really Hardworking.”

In a job interview, everyone is hardworking. No one is going to admit to being lazy or not caring about their job. The word “hardworking” is at this point pretty much white noise to most interviewers. Everyone says it, so how can it possibly add value to your image? You only have so much time in a job interview — make every word count.

ALTERNATIVES: Try giving specific examples of why you’re so hardworking. Do you often stay late? Do you take on extra assignments? It’s always a good idea to give the interviewer something tangible to consider, otherwise your words could end up feeling like empty promises.

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