Like Might Keep You from Being Hired

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever

We all have a verbal tick or two, but using the word “like” incorrectly during an interview might be reason enough for a potential employer to say, “Like, thanks but no thanks.”

Recent research conducted by the University of North Carolina’s (Chapel Hill) Department of Psychology indicated that the use of words (or sounds) like “um,” “like,” and “ya know?” might be enough for an interviewer to pass on a candidate.

Read more at So um like I really want this job, ya know.

We’ve been accused of being too fussy about language, but this isn’t about being perfect. It’s about using language the best you can so that you have the best chance of personal success.

Besides, it’s like annoying.

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