In a job interview, you often end up talking about projects you’ve worked on in the past. When describing these projects, using the word “we” can show potential employers that you’re a team player.
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Over at Fortune, CEO Steve Pogorzelski explains that the way a candidate describes how they achieved goals can be telling of how that person leads or works. Fortune explains:
By his lights, candidates who say “I” more than “we” are used to grabbing all the credit and won’t be strong team players. “I interviewed a CFO just the other day who came from a tech startup,” Pogorzelski says. “He said ‘I” so many times and ‘we’ so few that I cut the conversation short about halfway through.”
Of course, this is more discretionary advice than an absolute rule. Sometimes, “I” is unavoidable, and it might be odd to constantly say “we” in answering questions. But overall, he makes a good point — including others shows that you work well on a team.
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