How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-30-2013

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

"I'm Highly Qualified."  That's nice. Now ask the applicant to talk about her specific skill sets, and make sure she includes details about certifications.

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

"I'm a Hard Worker."  How so? Did the candidate meet exceptionally tough deadlines with a high volume of projects? Did he take on more than his job description required?

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

"I'm a Team Player."  We would hope so in today's business environment. Ask for examples of how the applicant partnered with colleagues to deliver upon company objectives.

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

"I'm a Problem Solver."  Put her to the test by proposing a hypothetical but realistic difficult situation and ask how she'd tackle it.

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

"I'm Very Flexible."  Then the candidate should explain specifically how he responds to major market shifts, organizational changes in the company and other unexpected but inevitable curveballs.

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

"I'm a People Person."  Really? Follow-up with "Tell me how you won over a challenging customer?"

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases

"I'm a Self-Starter."  Ask the applicant to explain how she took action and got results when no one asked her to.

How to Respond to Overused Job Interview Phrases