Every interview is different, and you should prepare for each one separately, but there are a few things that rarely change. If you are hoping to get hired, there are certain things you should be sure to say (and mean) to impress hiring managers and ensure you’re “checking all the boxes” for things they’re looking for. Below are 6 universal phrases to say in an interview that will go over well, no matter what industry or role you’re interviewing for:
“I was so excited to learn this position was open.”
If you don’t show passion, or just “meh” about a job, chances are you won’t make a lasting impression. Employers want to hire optimistic employees. An excited candidate is one who won’t take the job for granted and wants to do their best when they get it.
“I read the job description and...”
Employers want to see you’ve done your research. This line opens up the door for you to describe what attracted to you to the position and also ask clarifying questions.
In addition, it’s a good idea to pepper in key words you see on the job description throughout your answers to show the hiring manager you fit in with the company and speak their language.
“This job aligns well with my experience, here’s why...”
In an ideal situation, the hiring manager wants to find someone who can move into a role as seamlessly as possible. Showcasing your similar experience highlights you have the knowledge base and skills to execute and helps explain what contributions you can make to the company.
“Let me tell you about a time I solved a problem like that.”
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employer’s 2018 Job Outlook Survey, problem solving and the ability to work in a team are the two most desired attributes hiring managers are looking for. They don’t just want to hear you say it, they want you to show it.
“Can you clarify?”
Hiring managers don’t want to hear over-rehearsed answers, they want to know you comprehend what they’re saying and are invested in the role. Be an active listener and ask questions throughout the interview, not just at the end. This shows you are fully engaged in the conversation and that they aren’t wasting their time.
Use the interviewer’s name.
Using a person’s name during conversation is one way to subtly start a stronger human connection. Try to casually use their name throughout the interview and definitely in closing to help leave a lasting impression.