So, what are those five horrible phrases no job seeker should say?
“First, job hunters who say ‘No problem’ in job interviews sound like lazy bums,” asserts Mercer. Why? Saying “No problem” implies you (a) only do work you do not feel is a “problem” to do and (b) may avoid doing work you feel is a “problem” to perform.
“Second,” Mercer recommends, never say, ‘My pleasure,’ Some job hunters fantasize that saying, ‘My pleasure’ sounds pseudo-sophisticated. Actually, if you think about it, ‘my pleasure’ can imply something sexual. Also, employers want to hire job candidates who do their work whether they feel it is pleasurable or not.”
Third, “Delete the word “try’ from your vocabulary while job hunting,” suggests Mercer. He explains:
“Saying ‘Try’ is like being a little bit pregnant. Either you are pregnant or you are not pregnant. ‘Try’
Fourth, Mercer continues, “Any job hunter ending sentences with ‘you know?’ sounds unconfident and self-doubting.”
“Fifth, any job seeker who makes a statement, and then asks, ‘Do you know what I’m saying?’ or ‘Do you know what I mean?’ sounds unsure.” These are variations of ending sentences with “you know?”
Hiring managers may even mock job hunters who use that phrase. For example, in a “South Park” cartoon, one character ends his every statement by asking, “Do you know what I’m saying?” Another character keeps answering, “Yes.” After awhile, the other character cannot tolerate being asked that question anymore. Finally, he blurts out, “Yes, I know what you are saying. So, you do not need to ask me again!”
Dr. Mercer jokingly concludes, “Job hunters must try to avoid five common phrases that actually make them sound dumb or ridiculous, you know? That should be no problem and a plasure. Do you know what I’m saying?”
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