Saying in an interview that you have no weaknesses will surely ruin your chances of making the cut, Nate Regier, an executive coach and chief executive of Next Element, a company that specializes in leadership communication, said in an email.
Also avoid saying you have great people skills. "While it's important, it can't be measured," he wrote. "Only results matter, not qualities."
Don't use language that is too tepid or full of bravado, Lois Barth, a business and career coach, said in an email. Using words like "maybe" and "possibly" can make you look insecure and undermine your credibility, and being too full of yourself can raise questions about how you will get along with others.
Be careful about making excuses for past failures, overexplaining or being honest to a fault, said Michael Klein, a psychologist in Northampton, Mass.
"Your goal in that first interview is to give that person no reason to exclude you from the second round of interviews," he said.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
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