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10 Overused Phrases Interviewers Hate

Jeff Hindenach | HRPeople

March 17, 2010

1. “I’m Really Hard Working.”

In a job interview, everyone is hard working. No one is going to admit to being lazy or not caring about their job. The phrase “hard working” 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 hard working. 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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