Hailing from the northwest of Ireland I have a tendency to use the words “sound”, “mighty” or “no bother” in response to questions. Sometimes this causes eyebrows to be raised.
Each part of the country has its own regional responses. It may be “spot on, no bother” in certain counties and “aye, surely” in others. “Now you are sucking diesel” or “lovely hurling” are true expressions of motivation in other parts of the country. However, are these regional expressions best avoided in interviews?
The simple answer is yes. If your interviewer is not familiar with these expressions, it may become a source of irritation that you insist on using regional responses. It is noticeable that many people who have recently returned from Australia have started using the phrase “no worries” in everyday conversation. Personally, when someone says “no worries” to me the immediate thought that comes to mind is “why do they assume I am worried?”. This will not only annoy your interviewer but in certain circumstances it could really jeopardise your chances of landing that dream job. Say for example you are presented with a serious scenario where you have to role play how you would deal with an employee over a serious issue which could equate to gross misconduct. As part of your response to this situation, you decide to use the expression “no worries”. The interview will wonder why you decided to use a pretty meaningless phrase to deal with a really serious situation. In Australia, this may be acceptable as it represents the casual optimism of Australian culture. However, in Ireland, our culture is vastly different.
Never assume an interviewer will understand the message behind regional nuances. It is better to err on the side of caution and avoid being remembered for all the wrong reasons. No worries……