Career Development Blog

What NOT to Say

You just had an interview and you are sure you messed up. Thinking back, some of your responses and questions may have been ill advised or less than professional. Take heart, even on your worst day, your responses probably do not come near to the below interview statements or score as high on the foolish response meter. Thanks to Career Builder and their recently reported research results, here are some of the worst ever interview responses. These are real statements; they were not found in a movie and these are not late April Fool’s Day jokes.

During an interview a candidate asked, “Can we wrap this up fairly quickly? I have some place I have to be.”

When asked about his hobbies, a candidate replied, “Well, as you can see, I am a young, virile man and I am single. Then he looked at one of the fair-haired board members and said, “I particularly like blonds.”
Once a candidate sent his resume to the office crumpled up inside his shoe. His logic? “Just trying to get my foot in the door.”

A candidate told an interviewer he missed his call because he had another previously scheduled phone interview and didn’t want to interrupt his interviewing process.

Candidates were asked to give an example of a time when they had made a mistake and to indicate what they learned from the experience. Several people stated that they had NEVER made a mistake. The interviewer’s thought was, “you have now just made one.”

These examples were definitely over the top and hopefully gave you a good laugh. The lesson to learn is to act professionally, research each organization and its culture, and prepare your questions for the interviewer. When answering a question, think first and consider the audience. Hear the answer in your mind and if it sounds good, then and only then, say it.

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Posted by on Apr 20 2011. Filed under Alerts, Etiquette, Professionalism, Sticky, Tricky Situations. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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