Stupid Interview Mistakes | You Do Have a Problem Verbalizing and Articulating |

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Two people contacted me looking for help “verbalizing” and “articulating.”

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Today I want to talk with you about one of those dumb interview mistakes that people make.
Now, to give a context of this, people contact me for career coaching and, often, that translates into helping people with a job search or job transition. I do other kinds of work, but this is what I'm going to focus on here.
Yesterday, I received two wonderful message messages from people. One spoke about their trouble verbalizing answers to interview questions. The other one spoke about their trouble with articulation during an interview.
I want to say they are absolutely right. Anyone who would speak about "verbalizing" or "articulation" during an interview has a problem speaking. That's really what I want to get into very quickly is clarity of speech.
Anyone who might use the term "verbalizing" has a problem connecting with an audience. They've somehow gotten the message that it's important to "articulate" or "verbalize" their answers, rather than speak in clear, concise ways that someone has no trouble feeling awkward about.
When you use terms like verbalizing or verbal ization, or articulating or articulation in the context of an interview, you're communicating something very important. What you're communicating is the inability to speak clearly.
Get down to basic points. Speak with clarity. Do not, I repeat, do not use any word that would sound like verbalizing or articulation to describe what it is that you do. If you're picking terms like this, it suggests that there are more that you're trying to work into your vocabulary in order to impress an audience. Frankly, the more senior people that I work with would never in a million years use either of these two words because what's most important to them is the clarity of the communication and the ability to connect with the people that they're speaking with.
When you use terms like this, you're creating distance for yourself and you don't want to do that on interview. What you want to do is connect. You want to speak clearly and connect with the audience, with the people who are interviewing you, so that they "get" you, so that they understand clearly what you know and what you've done, that they learn to like and trust you so they want to hire you.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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