Interview Tip: Speak positively 

A job interview tip that’s easy to put into practice is to make one or more positive statements at each interview.

A positive statement is, “I want the job.” A negative statement is, “It seems like yours is the kind of position I might consider taking.” Yet this is a lame statement that too many job searchers make.

So communicate with positive words at interviews and on the job. Studies show that listeners and readers react more favorably to positive language. So when you speak positively at interviews, during face-to-face and phone conversations, and in letters and e-mails you write, you will come across as a confident person with a can do attitude. Companies love to hire positive job candidates.

Some Eastern philosophies teach that your mind is like a battery. It has a positive and a negative pole. This is also reflected in new age literature that states positive thoughts attract while negative ones repel.

While it’s hard to think positively when you’re out of work and worried about paying the rent or mortgage, you can choose to use positive words. Because the thoughts you think and the words you use can either attract or repel, decide to think and speak positively during your job search—especially while interviewing— and on the job. This will impress your contacts and bosses and motivate prospective employers to want to meet and hire you.

Copyright © 2015 by Ransom Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.

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