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Things to Avoid Saying in Resumes and Interviews

Kent Nolen

Something a bit off the beaten path this week... A little PSA from Christina Desmarais over at

#19. Peaked my interest
To “pique” means to arouse, so the correct phrase here is “piqued my interest,” meaning that my interest was awakened. To say that something “peaked my interest” might suggest that my interest was taken to the highest possible level, but this is not what the idiom is meant to convey.

I can attest to the fact that many of these show up frequently in resumes, cover letters, and during the interview process. Admittedly, some of them are pretty tricky. I bet that you will learn a thing or two (like I did!). Check it out.