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Struggling to land your dream job? Avoid these 7 phrases in interview

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Are you facing the uphill battle of trying to snag a position at coveted high-paying companies like Google, Facebook, or Microsoft? 

Jermaine L. Murray, the seasoned career coach and brains behind JupiterHR, recognises the hurdles you face. 

Let’s navigate the tricky terrain of job interviews together and ensure you avoid critical phrases that may create a bad impression in your interviewer’s sight. 

These mistakes might be holding you back. So, avoid speaking them in your next job interview. 

1. Don’t Say: “I’ll do anything”

Speaking this phrase may come across as desperation, lacking focus and specificity. Employers want candidates with a clear sense of what they can offer. 

Instead, let them know you’re passionate about a specific role, showcasing flexibility without appearing desperate. 

You should say: “I’m passionate about [specific role/task] and believe I could excel there, but I’m also open to other roles where I can contribute effectively.”

2. Don’t Say: “What does your company do?”

Asking about the company’s basic information suggests a lack of preparation and initiative. Employers expect candidates to research the company beforehand. 

Instead, show initiative. Demonstrate your understanding of the company’s focus and inquire about specific initiatives. 

You should say: “From my understanding, your company focuses on [what you know]. Can you share more about the current initiatives in [specific department]?”

3. Don’t Say: “I don’t have any weaknesses.”

Claiming perfection indicates a lack of self-awareness and an unwillingness to be reflective. Employers value individuals who acknowledge areas for improvement. 

Instead, exhibit self-awareness. Acknowledge a specific weakness and showcase your commitment to improvement. 

You should say: “A challenge I’ve faced is [specific weakness], but I’m actively working on it by [strategy/measure].”

4. Don’t Say: “I hated my last boss.”

Expressing strong negative feelings about a previous employer raises concerns about your ability to maintain professional relationships and handle conflicts. 

Instead, navigate this tricky question with finesse. Share your differences with your previous supervisor, focusing on the learning experience. 

You should say: “I had some differing views with my previous supervisor, but I learned a lot about communication and teamwork.”

5. Don’t Say: “I don’t know.”

Admitting ignorance without showing a willingness to learn can be detrimental. Employers want candidates who can problem-solve independently. 

Instead, show a willingness to learn. Express interest in exploring the topic and outline your approach based on what you know. 

You should say: “That’s something I’d be keen to explore. Based on what I know, I’d approach it this way…”

6. Don’t Say: “You can just check my resume.”

Merely pointing to your resume can make you seem dismissive and uninterested in providing additional insights. 

Instead, use the interview as an opportunity to provide additional insights. Acknowledge your resume and offer more details to showcase your depth. 

You should say: “Of course, that detail is in my resume. But to elaborate, [give a more detailed account].”

7. Don’t Say: “When do I start getting paid?”

Focusing solely on compensation can give the impression that money is your only concern. Employers want candidates who care about the organization’s mission and vision.

Instead, show a balanced interest. Express a desire to discuss the complete compensation package after exploring the role further.

You should say: “I’d appreciate it if we could discuss the entire compensation package once we’ve explored the role further.”

Mastering these shifts in your approach can turn a nerve-wracking interview into a mutually beneficial conversation, opening doors to your dream career opportunity. 

Take charge, impress those hiring managers, and secure that high-paying job in 2024!

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April FDI in Pakistan increased to $358.8 million, according to SBP

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The inflow for April was $358.8 million, up 177% from $132 million in April FY23. Still, that was 39% more than the $258 million from March.

China was the largest investor, with $439.3 million in FDI from the nation between July and April of FY24—the greatest amount—as opposed to $604 million during the same period of FY23. In April, China accounted for $177 million of the total investment.

With $51.93 and 51.89 million invested in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Canada came in second and third, respectively.

The power industry was the main draw for foreign investors in FY24, which ran from July to April. This period’s FDI in the power industry was $637.5 million, compared to $776.2 million the previous year. From $338 million to $460 million this year, Hydel Power garnered more attention.

Continue reading: In FY23–24, Pakistan’s per capita income increased to $1680.

According to a separate data released on Wednesday, Pakistanis’ per capita income increased to $1680 in FY2023–2024.

The size of the national economy grew from $341 billion to $375 billion in the current fiscal year, according to figures made public by PBS.

Throughout this fiscal year, Pakistanis’ yearly per capita income increased by Rs 90,534; the monthly rise was Rs 7,544.

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OGRA forbids the purchase or sale of inferior LPG cylinders.

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The 313 LPG marketing and 19 cylinder-producing companies received notices from the OGRA, which described the act of refilling inferior LPGO cylinders as harmful.

Avoid supplying LPG to unlicensed distributors, the OGRA has cautioned LPG marketing companies. Only approved distributors will be able to sell and buy LPG going forward, per the notification, which states that new SOPs have been developed for the LPG industry.

Additionally, the warning said that the decision was made in an effort to preserve both lives and the business in response to an increase in cylinder blast occurrences.

Price reductions of Rs 20 per kilogramme for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) were implemented in Quetta on May 3.

There is a reduction of Rs 20 on LPG prices, which means that the price per kilogramme drops from Rs 280 to Rs 260.

The costs of LPG were reduced by Rs 20 per kilogramme earlier, bringing the total decrease to Rs 40 per kilogramme over a few weeks. This is something worth noticing.

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PIA announces a significant student discount.

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According to an airline spokesman, the national flag carrier has recently raised the baggage allowance to 60 kg.

Currently, PIA flies one flight per week on Sundays between Islamabad and Beijing.

The discount may be useful to students who intend to spend their summer vacations in Pakistan or who wish to return home after earning their degrees.

Before, students who wanted to visit China could now receive a 27% reduction on their fares through PIA.

On Eid ul Fitr, the national flag airline also reduced the cost of domestic flights by 20% for both economy and executive economy classes.

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