Job Interview Etiquette (Part 2): What to Say?

When you walk into a job interview, you have to talk the talk. Learn the proper things to say at a job interview with these 3 easy tips.

Richie Frieman
4-minute read
Episode #164

Last week, I started my series on job interview etiquette and I’m happy to continue the trend today. The first installment covered what to wear – and what not to wear. But once you’ve impressed the boss with your look, you’ll have to do the same with your words. Being able to speak to your future employer with confidence, charisma, and assurance is the best way to nail the job. An employer wants to know that their future employee has the capability and proper etiquette it takes to carry on a healthy conversation with clients.

After all, you can look like a million bucks -- heck , you can even have a million bucks – but if you can’t make it through a job interview without stumbling over your words or placing your foot in your mouth, do you think your future employer will trust you to represent him in meetings?

What to Say During a Job Interview

Let me stress that saying the right thing or speaking well in a job interview has nothing to do with your education or accent. In fact, it has everything to do with WHAT you say and even more importantly, HOW you say it.

So with that, here are my 3 easy tips on how to properly handle your words in a job interview:

Tip #1 - Confidence Is Key

I remember watching that Lord of the Dance guy being interviewed on TV years ago (don’t ask me why) and I recall something he said that really stuck with me. The interviewer asked why does “His Lordness” tell everyone that he is the best in the world? Without a moment’s hesitation “His Greatness” replied: “If I didn’t say I was the best or believe I was the best, why would you want to come see me?”

Granted the guy is about as egotistical as it gets (he spent the rest of the interview talking about his amazing looks), but what he said made sense and he believed it, which made the viewers believe it too.  Basically, if you don’t think you are good enough for the job, why would anyone want to hire you?