6 Things You Should Never Say in an Interview

Interview Answers to AvoidBefore an interview, any good applicant will do his or her best to research and prepare for their interview, even to the point of preparing an answer to every known interview question. However, there are times in the middle of a conversation that what you say is different from what you have planned. This could be the reason you don’t get hired even when you have the necessary qualifications.

Here are the things that you should never say in your upcoming interview:


Any compliment to an interviewer about his or her appearance can seem too familiar. You don’t want to send the wrong impression in an interview. It is important to be professional and avoid making unnecessary comments.

“What does your company do?”

The standard practice today is to know about everything that a company does. Before coming to an interview, you should know the ins and outs of the organization.

“I don’t have any weaknesses.”

Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. It may look bad to tell an interviewer that you have a weakness, but this may even be a plus, since most applicants don’t want to admit that they have weaknesses. Interviewers are already tired of hearing people say they that don’t have a weakness. Before coming to an interview, prepare an honest answer and include how you are working on improving this weakness.

“I'm a perfectionist.”

You want to impress the interviewer, and that’s normal. However, if you plan to impress him by using this cliché answer, you won’t be doing yourself a favor. This is an overused and dishonest answer that most applicants use. Stand out by being honest in your answers.

“I'm the best person for the job.”

The purpose of an interview is to show that you are the best person for the job. However, saying this outright is bad. You want your skills and experience to prove this.

“I don't have any questions.”

A job is something you do for a long time. You commit a large part of your life doing it, and not having any questions about it shows that you’re not really interested and don’t plan to stick around.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.