Five Words To Avoid Making Use of During Job Interviews

1. Never make use of the word ‘Yeah’ for Yes

If there is anything we are guilty of is making use of the word “Yea”. I must state that the word is not formal and interviewers find this irritating. Sometimes, it is so bad that the look of irritation becomes visible on the face of the interviewer.

Like I said earlier, the word ‘yeah’ is never formal. It is a casual conversation word used when hanging out with friends or family members. Note-No matter how qualified you think you are, making using the word ‘yeah’ instead of ‘yes’ can ruin your chances of getting hired.

2. Avoid “l don’t know” for an answer

There are times when the interviewers will throw difficult questions at you make sure to come up with something rather than replying with “I don’t know”. I question with this form of answer makes you look rude, clueless and lack initiative.

3. Never say “I will be going back to school soon”

First of all, I must remind you that the cost of hiring, training, retraining of new staff is always on the high side. Having said that, avoid telling job interviewer(s) you have plans of going back to school soon.

We are not saying that hiring managers don’t want you to upgrade or improve your skill-set with a certification. Having to recruit for the same role over the next few months is not ideal for companies because is cost-effective. Even if you intend going back to school better keep it to yourself as no organization wants to hire who would not give them the value for time and money.

4. Never speak negative things about your former boss

A mistake most applicants make whenever they get the opportunity to attend a job interview is speaking negative things about their former job/boss.

It is unacceptable telling the interviewer how you hate your last job. Be civil, positive, do not lie and be formal. When the interviewer demands to know more about your relationship with former colleagues and boss, be kind to share but at the same time let your words be few.

5. “Allow me to take this call”

The first thing every serious individual does is to put of his or her cell phone off before and during interview. You should never put yourself in a situation when your phone rings to distract you from the interview.

However, putting your cell phone on during an interview would directly threaten your chances of getting hired. It is not advisable allowing your phone ring in the middle if such serious business and never ask for permission to answer the call.


Interviews present an opportunity to land you a job of interest but you must know those things you should never say especially when you want to stand out as the best candidate for the position. Be always prepared, use the right words, be positive, avoid using the world ‘I don’t know’ for an answer and always put your handset/ telephone on silent.