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about 5 years ago by Debbie Lloyd

Seven Candidate Cliches Revealed

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A recent report from Colonial Life uncovered seven of the worst candidate clichés, alongside the reasons interviewers hate them so much. We have listed them below – but how many infuriate you?

1. Synergy

“Often candidates throw this word in to sound knowledgeable, however it can come across as useless jargon. Recruiters see it popping up far too regularly and sometimes not even in the right context.”

2. Creative

“Using this word can undermine the candidate’s case, and tends to make the recruiter think that what they actually mean is ‘I have some good ideas’.”

3. Problem Solver

“This isn’t necessarily a ‘skill’ to be boasted about as many recruiters or employers will take it as a given that you’d be able to solve problems in your area of expertise.” 

4. People Person

“Recruiters might see this as a code for ‘I’m chatty and sociable’, which whilst good qualities, might not come across as very professional.”

5. Unflappable

It can be difficult for recruiters to determine whether what this is actually saying is ‘I’m not bothered by much’, which is not the impression any candidate wants to give.”

6. Interfaced

“This can come across as a pretentious, rather than sophisticated, way of saying you spoke or interacted with someone.”

7. Results Driven

“This tends to be seen as meaningless filler, as it goes without saying that most of us are driven by the outcome of our actions.”

Source: HR Grapevine