Exclude These Slang Words and Fillers From Your Speaking To Succeed In The Interview

Posted On January 3,2020

With immense work experience, a distinct skill set, and meritorious grades, Rahul was a good fit for the finance executive position in a company. 

He gave near-perfect answers, spoke about himself and his achievements compellingly, and displayed confidence. Rahul was confident of getting a positive response from the recruiter. However, much to his disappointment, he never received a call. 


Rahul used slang words like gonna, umm, wohoo, etc. excessively during the interview which harmed his chances. 

Like Rahul, several deserving candidates suffer a setback due to the usage of slang language or undesirable words. 

Interviewers keep a vigilant eye on the verbal communication skills. 

If a candidate uses slang words or sloppy language during an interview, there are likely chances that they’re going to use similar words while communicating with clients, colleagues, and even the higher management of the company, which can sound offensive.

Our today’s blog dives deep into the words or phrases that you should avoid using during the interview: 

  • “Cool”, “Kinda”, or “Gonna”

An informal touch in speaking can help you turn a Q&A session into an engaging conversation, however, “informal” is not equal to a “casual” approach. You should avoid using too casual words like “cool”, “kinda” and “gonna”.

  • “You Guys”, “Dude” or “bro”

Even if the interviewer looks young, you shouldn’t use “dude” or “you guys” to address them or their team. You can address the interviewer by their name or “Sir/Ma’am” and their team by using “your team”, “team members” etc.

  • “Always” or “Never”

“I always complete work on time” or “I never take leaves due to personal reasons” - both these lines show overcommitment and impractical picture. Avoid using extreme words, which might put you in trouble at a later stage. “Perfection”, “100 percent” etc also fall under the same category.

  • “Probably”, “basically”, or “maybe”

These are not slang words but are equally hazardous. When you use terms like probably, basically, maybe, it shows that you aren’t 100 percent sure about the outcome. It also reflects your half-hearted preparation for the interview.

In our day-to-day language, you could use various words or phrases to express the thoughts spontaneously. However, in a formal environment like an interview, think twice before speaking. Verbal communication skills decide the fate and direction of the interview!

Practice and adequate preparation are necessary to put these tips into a habit. When you record your voice, listen to the recorded answers and get feedback from peers and experts, it enhances your confidence during the real test.

Skill Prodigy is the place to start practicing for your next interview. Reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to help!

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