1. ‘No’ "不"
Saying ‘no’ outright during an interview gives the impression that you’re not willing to budge.
This doesn’t mean you have to say ‘yes’ to questions where ‘no’ is an acceptable answer; it just means that you shouldn’t just end it there.
2. ‘I’ "我"
Although interview is all about showing off your skills and achievements, but there’s a thin, blurry line between knowing when to attribute all the accomplishments of a project to yourself and when to include the assistance, support, and mentorship of others on the said project in conversation.
So it’s important to come across as someone who knows the individual role you can play in delivering for the company while also acknowledging the team’s work.
3. ‘Learn’ "學習"
Do not say that you’re taking up the job to ‘learn’ because your hiring manager is looking for someone who has enough experience to give results quickly, not after a particular period of time.
4. ‘Basically’ "基本上"
“Basically my job was to…” can make you seem like you don’t think much of the work you’ve done, or that you aren’t taking your accomplishments seriously.
5. Any kind of ultimatum or negatives 任何形式的最後通令或否定
You are not in the position to decide how you are going to work in the company without knowing how the company functions. Think of it that way.
Replace the negatives with something that can be negotiated. Using words such as may not, probably, may, and possibility will make you look like you’re willing to change if you’re shown another perspective or if a compromise can be reached.
ROLE-PLAY ACTIVITY 角色扮演
Q: “Do you know how to use XYZ software?”
Q: “Would you be willing to relocate to XYZ location for this role?”
Q: “Can you work weekends/shifts?”
Q: “Give us a brief idea of your previous job description”
Q: “Would you be willing to work the night shift?”