5 Fillers To Avoid In Interviews

Being a nervous for an interview is okay, especially if it’s your dream job that you got by using Dallas Accounting Jobs’ job board. The company you’ve always wanted to work for calls you up, you set an interview, and you’re ready to give it your all, except you start using cringe-worthy words that mess you up!

There is nothing more off-putting than a candidate who cannot articulate their words well and express themselves in a manner that doesn’t sound weak or uneducated; especially if your skillset says otherwise. That’s why when you’re on your interview, try avoiding these 5 filler words that can be detrimental to the success of your interview.

The word basically sounds, well, basic. Though not a bad word to use sparingly, if used too often or in conjunction to every single sentence, you’ll drown out your actual accolades because basically, it means you can’t just be straight forward with your answer.

Basically is often used as a crutch to start a sentence albeit a very weak one, and one that shouldn’t be used often. Every time you start off your sentence with the word “basically”, you’re implying that your job may not have been as impressive or as important as it actually is. Every time you speak, it should convey confidence and reassurance that you know what you’re doing. Using the word basically often will remove that.

The word just doesn’t do any justice to your interviewing process. It’s also a word that we don’t even realize we use that often, but believe us (and the interviewer) you’re using it, and it’s not flattering.

Part of the problem with using just is that there’s a hint of desperation and shaky confidence that’s associated with it. For instance, asking a question such as “It’s just, I want to know what the company culture is like” as opposed to “I want to know what the company culture is like” makes you sound unsure.

You Know
The phrase “you know” is one of those fillers that can be used at the beginning and end of sentences. But either way, you should avoid them.

Using it at the beginning of a sentence, such as “You know, I used to do X amount of work” makes you sound pompous and entitled. That’s never a good look, especially when you’re interviewing for a highly regarded position, unless you know how to brag.

On the other hand, using “you know” at the end such as “I’m used to working overtime you know?” always ends in a question and can become tiresome to listen to. Avoid “you know” at all costs.

The word really is another one of those silent, but deadly fillers that we don’t even know when we’re using. Really denotes a sense of urgency as well as authenticity, but if overused can diminish its meaning and everything you say.

“I really enjoyed doing my job” or “It’s really important to me to have this perk” are great examples of who frivolously we can use the word really, especially in an interview.  When use correctly however, it can emphasize positive aspects of your experiences. The word really, really is a double-edge sword, wield it wisely.

I Mean
The phrase “I mean” is another example of one of those introductory phrases used before you even start your sentence; and it should be avoided. Mention “I mean” every time you start your sentence can grow tiresome really fast (see how we sued the word really in this sentence?) and makes you sound less than apt for a job. I mean, who would want to hear that all the time?

The phrase “I mean” also infers that you don’t know what you mean and have to explain yourself every time. Eliminate this filler phrase at interviews and you’ll automatically sound more valuable to your future employer.

Though there are countless other fillers we tend to use, it’s important to be mindful of these in particular. Fillers are hurting your chances to getting hired and can cause a serious rut in your job seeking process. Be clear, confident and sure of what you’re saying and it’ll reflect well at your interview.

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