Avoid Using these Job Interview Answers


During interviews, we all try to tell the potential employer that we are a perfect fit for the position because we work hard and are team players. As great as this sounds, it doesn’t make you stand out from anyone else applying for that position. Here are 5 interview clichés to avoid:

Avoiding Answers at Job Interview

“I’m hard working”

That’s great to know, but the candidate that was just interviewed 20 minutes ago most likely said the exact same thing. Instead of just saying you’re a hard worker, tell the interviewer how you’re a hard worker and give examples of things you have done that prove you to be a hard worker. Stand out from the others by telling the interviewer that you get results.

“I’m a team player”

You aren’t going to say that you don’t work well with others, so potential employers won’t be convinced by this phrase. Instead, let them know of teams you have built and worked with and explain how you contributed in that group. As well, this is a perfect opportunity to slip in a conflict that you were able to resolve within the team.

“I work too hard”

When you’re asked what your weakness is, don’t say that you work too hard. Also, don’t say that you’re a perfectionist either; this is one of the top answers so make up something else. Give the interviewer a real weakness of yours but make sure that it isn’t too incriminating of a weakness. For example, if you’re applying for an accounting position, don’t say you’re bad with numbers; say something like you aren’t very good at speaking up in meetings” and let them know what you are doing to overcome this weakness.

“I’m open to anything”

Don’t tell this to a potential employer. It sounds desperate and employers don’t like that. Instead of saying this, explain why you want this job as opposed to any other job. It shows you are passionate for their company rather than just getting a job.

“I’m perfect for this position”

This is exactly what you want the employer to know, but you can’t say it just like that. Instead, demonstrate how perfect you are for the company with your success stories and show them that you researched both the role and company in depth. Talk about the company and how important the things they do are to you, this is just a fancier way of saying “I will fit in” and will no doubt stand you apart from the rest.

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Tricks for Remembering Names


Being able to remember a person’s name shows that the interaction you had with them was important to you. However, as there are people who have the skill of being able to remember names, others have a difficult time with it. Using strategies from this article to practice remembering names can help improve your name retention abilities:

Man Trying To Remember Names

Repeat names throughout the conversation

Repetition helps the brain form necessary connections for retaining information. Address a person’s name throughout the conversation, especially during greeting and parting.

Make mental associations

Associate a person’s name with something memorable in your world. The more bizarre the association, the more likely it is that you will remember the connection. For example, if you were to meet a person named Jay who is a music producer, you could picture a blue jay at a mixing board so that you can remember both his name and occupation.

Study names in print

Make use of name tags, it is just as important to listen as it is to read. When you are able to read a name and have a face to assign the name to, it helps imprint the connection in your memory.

Ask for clarification with difficult names

It is perfectly fine to ask someone to repeat their name for you. When the name is repeated, say it again to yourself for verification.

If you forget a name, address it head on

Try to offer any information you know about a person if you have forgotten their name. This information could be something as simple as where you had originally met. If you have an idea of what a person’s name could be, go ahead and give it a shot and ask them if you have remembered correctly. If not, then apologize – it happens to everyone!

How to Fit in Exercise at the Office


As we lead such busy lives, fitting in a daily workout can become quite the challenge. However, squeezing in targeted exercises a few times a day is better than skipping an entire workout. Here are a few exercises you can do at the office (suggested by this article):

In the Elevator

As we all have heard, you can get some exercise in by taking the stairs instead of the elevator. However, taking the stairs isn’t always the most ideal when heading to a meeting. Instead, try doing wall sits in the elevator by pressing your back against the wall, dropping to a 90 degree sitting position, and holding the pose for the duration of the elevator ride. Wall sits are great for working your quadriceps, glutes, and core.

 In the Restroom

While washing your hands, rest your forearms on the counter and do single leg squats. Life one leg off of the ground and bend into a squat position with the other leg, making sure the knee doesn’t go too far over the toes. Do 10 squats per leg.

 At your Desk

leg exercise at office work - standing man reading at tablet

While sitting at your desk, or even at a meeting, you can do ab vacuums to build strength in the deep abdominal muscles that support your posture and aid in stability. Draw your abdominals in, pulling the naval towards the spine, and hold for a count of three then release. Another exercise you can do at your desk is leg raises. Sit at the back of your chair and bring your legs up and lower them without allowing your feet to touch the floor. Start with sets of 12 then gradually increase up to sets of 20. Leg raises work the lower part of the abdominal wall, close to where the belt buckle is. As for arms, try some tricep dips at the end of your chair. Scoot off of the chair, hold on to the end of the chair (your arms should be behind your body), and lower your body.

 In the Car

Ab vacuums can not only be done at a desk, but they can be done in the car as well. For an arm workout, try isometric contractions. Hold the bottom of the steering wheel, flex your biceps and hold for a few seconds. For triceps, hold the top of the steering wheel then flex and hold your triceps.

At the Airport

Squeeze in some cardio by walking around the airport. Many airports have walking paths, yoga rooms, and even full-service gyms for travelers to utilize.