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Mastering the art of job interview language

Practicing for a good job interview requires more than just watching your speech. You need to think not just about the words you say, but the tense you use for certain sentences. For example, consider the difference between saying "I will be a good employee" and "I would be a good employee." It's not that the latter is bad things to say, necessarily, so much that there may be an unintended message in that sways the interviewer away from you.

U.S. News & World Report recently mentioned conditional language as something to avoid in an interview setting. Specifically, the source addressed the word "would" as showing possible weakness to the potential employer. The problem is that this word and other conditional language could be perfectly appropriate in different settings, and that the danger is more in the ambiguity than anything definite.

The source's answer to this is to be specific instead of maddeningly vague. However, this could land candidates in trouble as well. Business Insider gave several examples of wrongheaded, definitive statements that could prove you don't know what job you're interviewing for, or worse.

This might include too many basic questions about the job that you should already know, presumptuous statements, or offensive language that scares the employer away immediately. Playing it safe, keeping a cool tone and doing research beforehand is a better strategy that demonstrates more confidence.

For domestic candidates, the help of a professional staffing agency can take some of the mystery out of interviews and make the entire process simpler. Contact Colonial Domestic Agency or register with our website today to begin looking for your ideal employer.