These 8 words could jinx your next job interview

We agree job interviews can be quite the struggle.

You have to knot that tie, tuck into your pants, pull out that pencil skirt that makes you look serious and hot at the same time. Then, you make your way to the unfamiliar location and get there sweaty and nervous.

Have no fear! This list of words is here for you to avoid at that important interview. Some are generic, while others are cliché, and may have you sounding arrogant or unprofessional without even knowing it.


Saying you’re a workaholic is a bit of an overkill to some employers., even though your intention may be to express how much of a hard-worker you are. They need to know that you have a life outside of work (and if they don’t, they should). Keep things on the lighter side by stating you’re a diligent worker and provide an example from your previous workplace to back it up.


Telling a potential employer that you’re successful is one thing, but it’s important to show them what you mean. WiseStep says talk about a work task you successfully completed in the past to help back up how you’re describing yourself in the present.


The word stubborn makes you sound like it’s your way or no way, which is not an attractive quality to an employer. Nix that word and try saying you are confident or have conviction instead. This will show the company you know what it takes to succeed and go above and beyond to get what needs to be done.


Perky doesn’t sound very professional. It’s along the lines of bubbly, bouncy, sunny – you get the picture. All attributes that are great if you’re looking to make friends, but not so great when trying to nab a new job. Take things down a notch by simply stating you’re a good communicator or work well with others.


Saying you’re intelligent in an interview can come across as arrogant. The Muse states this is a word that’s cool for others to use when describing you, but not the other way around. It’s better to refrain from using opinion-type words and sticking to the facts, like saying you’re well-organized or consistent with deadlines.


You might be an easy-going person (which is a great attribute to have) but there could be a better way to describe your relaxed disposition during an interview. Go deeper by saying you’re patient when working with others or that you’re a pensive thinker who enjoys a good brainstorming session.


Stating you are comfortable in many situations shows you are level-headed and can handle whatever comes your way. But go a step further when discussing this during the interview. LifeHack suggests that you describe yourself as someone who understands the goals that need to be reached and how to go about achieving them. Bonus points for providing a past scenario where you did just that.


Letting your interviewers know that you have an innovative mindset is great – just make sure you can back it up. says if you use this word to describe yourself in an interview, be sure to mention a few past examples to show that your ideas are both creative and fresh.

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