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Positive Communication

At Interviews and In General

How we present ourselves, both physically and verbally, reflects more about ourselves than we may be aware. In their recent book*, Geoff Morgan and Andrew Banks included a section on positive statements or words to use in letters or interviews. Here are some of them to give you some food for thought:

Don’t Say Do Say
I’m successful I have achieved a lot
I work long hours I’m hardworking
I’m a people person OR I like people I can relate well to people and they usually respond well to me
I’m a good manager I can get results through people
I’m told I’m pedantic I have an eye for detail and like to be thorough where practical
I come from the school of hard knocks I have practical rather than theoretical experience which I can put to use immediately
My family always comes first My work and my family are equally important in achieving a balanced lifestyle
I am looking for an attractive remuneration package I am seeking a level of remuneration commensurate with a challenging role and my experience and qualifications
What are the perks? Can you break down the package for me please
What are the budgets? If I am successful in getting the job, how will you measure my performance?
Does the job entail travelling? How much travel does the job entail?
Who would I report to? Where do I fit into the company’s structure?
I don’t like managing people I prefer to work in a functional or staff role OR without the responsibility of a team
I don’t like big companies I prefer to work in smaller groups or teams
I don’t like small companies I thrive on working within the infrastructure of a larger group or company
I am not looking for a job I am just in the exploratory stage at present

And last but not least:

I work hard and I play hard Don’t say it, they will assume you are drunk!


*Going up – how to get, keep and advance your career” by Geoff Morgan, Andrew Banks, Julie Zilko. Published by Collins Publishers Australia.

At Executive Recruiters, all our candidates are given proper guidance and coaching on how to impress the interviewers. If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact any of our consultants at careers@executiverecruiters.co.nz.