Me interviewing a young candidate for a marketing role: “Tell me about your recent experience at XYZ Company. What was your most proud accomplishment?”
25 year old candidate: “So, like, I was the marketing coordinator, and I was, like, in charge of producing an event for our management team, and I, like, had to organize this dinner for, like, 20 people. It was, like, really, really, important…”
Attention young professionals: Stop using the word “like” in your conversations. Stop it now. Do whatever you have to do, but stop cold-turkey. Get counseling, join a 12-step program, take meds for all I care, but don’t expect me to hire you if the only word I can remember from our conversation is “like.” I can’t overestimate how much the overuse of that word diminishes every other qualification you possess. Get help now!