Power words to use in interviews and on your resume (and words to stay away from)

Jun 12, 2019

Using powerful words during your interview can make or break your interview. 

Just listen to these two answers:

  1. I helped brainstorm ideas for the marketing campaign.
  2. I generated ideas that were used in a successful marketing campaign.

The first one sounds passive and it can look as weak. In the second sentence it shows you were in charge and you came up with ideas and you were even successful. So, really watch your words!

Here are some power words to start using in your everyday vocabulary but especially on your resume and in interviews:

  • Accelerate
  • Accomplish
  • Build
  • Coordinate
  • Deliver
  • Detail-oriented
  • Develop
  • Effective
  • Efficient
  • Energized
  • Enthusiastic
  • I handled that by ...
  • Initiative
  • Innovative
  • Interested
  • Leadership
  • Love
  • Maintained
  • Motivated
  • Negotiated
  • Plan
  • Priority
  • Provide
  • Responsible
  • Resolve
  • Results oriented
  • Solution
  • Supervise
  • Team Player
  • Win

Using these words below can misconstrue what you’re trying to say or switch the meaning of what you’re trying to say within an interview setting.

Words to be very careful with (and most likely NOT use):
  • Yeah, I "basically" did that
  • I "just" wrote copy
  • "hate"
  • "kinda" or I "kind of" did that at my last job
  • watch the complete negatives like "can't", "don't", etc...
  • sorry (unless you stepped on your interviewer or something) "sorry, but I don't know that", "sorry but I can't answer that"
  • stuff
  • "sure", strong answers should be yes or no
  • weaknesses, don't bring up your faults, weaknesses and what you don't know how to do unless your interviewer specifically asks you, no need to bring this stuff up first
  • whatever

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