Power of Vocabulary in Interviews

Interview VocabularyComing to an interview, it is expected to be well dressed, have prepared answers to common interview questions, and have a copy of your resume; these are all equally important in impressing an interviewer and showing that you are a worthy candidate. However, all of these common practices will not be enough—if you really intend to ace an interview, look at your vocabulary.

Why is vocabulary important?

There are different things employers look at in evaluating candidates, including one’s resume, references, and appearance. However, the most important metric they use is your answers to interview questions.

No matter how good your resume looks, if you can’t demonstrate your ability to do the job through your interview responses, you will be passed over for the job. The words you use and how you speak are important variables—they say a lot about a person’s education and intelligence.

Improving your answers through vocabulary

This does not mean that you have to use big words to impress the interviewer. You can use big words in every sentence and still fail an interview. Find words that people use in daily conversations that will better express your ability to do the job. Use the interview to impress the employer with thoughtful, articulate answers, not with gimmicks.

A well-spoken job candidate is something most interviewers do not come across often. While it is important to impress an interviewer using big words, it will not help your cause. Therefore, you should use job-specific vocabulary as a means of enhancing your interview answers, not as a tactic or trick.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.