Like, how do I get that job?

The word ‘like’ has infiltrated our language. Reminiscent of a virus, arriving from across the pond via television programmes such as Friends and Keeping up with the Kardashians. ‘Like’ has grown from a trendy quirk to a full-on epidemic, threatening to simplify our vocabulary and our minds with every use.

We all know a ‘like’ perpetrator: the friend who can’t stop saying it, the shop assistant who said it twenty times in two minutes, and even yourself – repeating it more times than is natural in conversations and annoying yourself and everyone around you (so much so that your grandma can no longer understand what you are on about).

‘Like’ is now regularly used to express a pause, a spoken break in speech, and is more than likely affecting the success of your professional career. The wikiHow article, ‘How to Stop Saying the Word Like’, offers useful tips on how to combat the use of the word ‘like’ in your everyday language with tips such as:

Know how the word “like” is supposed to be used. In English, there are only two correct, proper usages for the word “like.” These are: Similarity – “This tastes like chicken.” Enjoyment – “I like this movie.


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Saying ‘like’ a lot may seem harmless, but in job interview situations the way you present yourself is integral to your success – repetition of the word ‘like’ will make you sound uncertain or unsure.

Using ‘like’ as a gap filler also happens more when you speak at a fast pace, usually when the nerves kick in, which more often than not happens in interviews.

Stop using “like” when quoting someone. Whenever you catch yourself using “like” to put words in someone’s mouth, replace it with “said.” Better yet, come up with a verb that more specifically describes how the person spoke: yelled, whispered, answered, exclaimed, insisted, etc. Doing this helps your reader or listener imagine what you’re describing, so your stories and conversations will be more vivid and enjoyable. Incorrect: “He was like, ‘Where are you going?’ and she was like, ‘None of your business!’, “Correct: “He asked, ‘Where are you going?’ and she yelled, ‘None of your business!'”


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Here at Kingsgate we offer interview coaching to guide you into landing the job you want. We help you correct those verbal ticks and iron out the annoying nuances, guiding you through the daunting interview process with tips and tricks to get you and your vocabulary interview-ready. We have successfully helped hundreds of candidates secure the jobs they want by preparing them for upcoming interviews.

So, like, if you are, like, finding it hard to like, land the job you want, like, we can help you. Kingsgate offers full interview coaching, combating the ‘like’ craze so you won’t fall into this pitfall any longer, enabling you to succeed in the career you want.

If you need help with the interview process or your job search you can contact our team at

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