…On Pronoun Watch!

(Umoh, 2017) Interviewers are known to pay close attention to how job candidates answer questions- with specific emphasis placed on the content and the pronouns that candidates use to describe their experiences.

For example, if a candidate uses the pronouns (Umoh, 2017)  “they” and “them” to describe work experiences —and are still employed with the organization, it demonstrates that perhaps they are disconnected from their work and/or the organization. This is a red flag to the interviewer as they are looking to hire an individual with the required skillset… who will also internalize the mission and vision of their company.

If the candidate uses the pronouns “they” and “them” (and still employed with the organization) it sends the message that the candidate is not in the practice of internalizing company mission, nor are they likely to do this in the future.

Instead, opt for words such as (Umoh, 2017) “we” and/or “us” to positively demonstrate a connection to the current organization and attention to detail. “We” and “Us” shows that you are showing that you are a team player and that you are invested in what happens with team or department that you are apart of, and the overall organization.  Take it one step further, (Fisher, 2017) describe your success as “we” versus using the word “I” and then, elaborate on your specific contribution.

If you are preparing for an upcoming interview contact The Polished Career to schedule a free, 30-Minute Mock Interview. Work with a Learning and Development Specialist and Career Coach to help you nail the interview.


Citations & Suggested Reading:

Fisher, A. (2015, February 25). The two most important words in a job interview. Retrieved March 27, 2018, from

Umoh, R. (2017, August 2). Using this word too much could tank your job interview. Retrieved March 27, 2018, from

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