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8 Phrases That Will Surely Put A Smile On Your Interviewer’s Face

8 Phrases That Will Surely Put A Smile On Your Interviewer’s Face

Competition for employment is becoming fiercer than ever. It is up to job candidates to work hard to leave a strong impression on their potential employers. They have to work hard on getting their desired job by playing the field and think like a game changer. They have to be informed and seriously prepared to make their mark during an interview. Although nothing can guarantee a candidate getting hired, it is still a universal principle to use certain phrases to charm the interviewer. Here are eight phrases that will certainly put a smile on your interviewer’s face.

1. “I guaranteed results in the past.”

Employers are interested to know that new hires will get the job done. According to career coach Ronald Kaufman, job candidates who include the word results in their interview always have a higher success of getting the job. Interviewers will believe that you will give them the results they want, in the way that they want them.

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2. “I am an agreeable person.”

The employer is concerned if he is hiring a team player or not. The interviewer will love to know that you are not going to cause conflict, problems, confusion or always stand up against authority.

3. “I am really excited about that.”

Interviewers want to see how positive and excited a job candidate is for a position in their company. People who are more passionate are better motivated and propelled to deliver results. Although this phrase sounds interesting to the interviewer the job candidate should do well to back his enthusiasm with some knowledge about the company, its mode of operation and how it can get better than competition with its product and services.

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4. “I am teachable.”

The employer is concerned about your progress when you become an employee. Being stagnated in knowledge will not help the company’s objective. If there is something that is not done right, the employer wants to know that they can approach you to discuss the situation. If you are teachable, easy to correct and instruct, the interviewer will be glad.

5. “I can be flexible.”

According to career coach Andrea Ballard, today’s workplace is changing at a rapid rate. Whatever skills you have brought in to the workplace may be relevant and successful, but what will come out of it in the future. Job candidates will have to be able to change and adapt quickly in today’s fast paced work environment. Interviewers will be excited to have this knowledge if a job candidate highlights this important trait.

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6. “I am a loyal employee.”

Loyalty is important to any employer. Such phrase signals to your interviewer that you are dependable and that you won’t rat on their business even if things don’t work out. Employers these days know that there is no point in trying to ask for the commitment of an employee to stay for 9 or perhaps 15 years. However loyalty is not how long you stay in the company, rather it is about being a responsible and committed employee while you stay at the company.

7. “I will complete every task you give me with excellence.”

The employer wants to know that you are not one of those who whines and complains about a job, but is focused on doing the job and completing it earnestly. Getting the job doesn’t mean you simply do it haphazardly, but you do it to the best of your ability.

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8. “You won’t need to tell me what to do twice.”

Every employer knows that great employees are the ones who are attentive and instructive. Employers want to know that once they give you an instruction you will go ahead to get the job done rather than play around and waiting for another instruction. No employer wants to be repeating instructions or micromanaging an employee.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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