Always say: your interviewer’s name
It’s a cliche, but it’s true: Everyone loves the sound of their own name. Our infatuation starts when we’re young and our name is the word most frequently said around us. Scientists have found that babies recognize their names starting at four months of age. Even as adults, we might still subconsciously associate our monikers with that glorious time when we had no concerns and everything we did (whether it was sitting up or spitting up) was fussed over. Just don’t overdo using your interviewer’s name. Say it once when you enter, and again when you leave. Any more than that and you’ll sound like a telemarketer. Here’s how to answer the trickiest job interview questions.
Always say: excited
I once knew someone who tried out for Jeopardy!. While he aced the trivia tests and displayed great buzzer reflexes, the producers ultimately nixed him. Why? They said he wasn’t excited enough. Similarly, on an interview, you need to show your enthusiasm. To reinforce the impression, you should also say “I’m so excited about this job” sometime during your conversation. Because if the position comes down to you and an equally qualified contender, your energy could tip the balance. Here are things you should never say during a job interview.