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Job interviews: Short, formal meetings where your interviewer(s) gets to know the suitability of your candidacy for the available position. Points to note here are that these meetings are ‘short’ and ‘formal’, and that the interviewer is looking at whether or not you are ‘suitable’ for them.

While you want to collect and chuck in all the rehearsed lines and phrases at the interviewer, you should (very essentially) take care not to overdo it. Interviewers have had the chance to interact with people like you, and they can, and would, interpret your bragging!

Here are the 5 most crucial sentences you should avoid saying in an interview:

1. I don’t take nonsense from anyone or anything

(Interviewer’s interpretation: Well that’s nice! You are rebellious, full of pride, and will never ever admit to your mistakes!)

2. Your ‘almost’ accomplishments

(Interviewer’s interpretation: Was there ever anything you actually did? Would love to hear those. If, you happen to have any!)


3. I’m a highly motivated, proactive problem-solver

(Interviewer’s interpretation: So those are three heavy words! Kudos to you for the fabulously rehearsed line! By the way, can you explain how?)


4. My greatest weakness? I’m a perfectionist.

(Interviewer’s interpretation: So what do you plan to do to get rid of it? Become an 'imperfectionist'?)

5. I am the most qualified here, and you would regret if you don’t hire me

(Interviewer’s interpretation: Well, I have the authority to make that decision.)


Want more expert advice on interviewing? Follow our Ask a Recruiter series.

  • Interviews are very important in a career life and a learning gates for anyone who goes through the stage. During interview, it is crucial to showcase the balance between the skills which are the strengths and achievements maintaining the professionalism. It is important to demonstrate that you will be fit and not to be over-confident about ones own work.

    The above tips are really great and need to be learnt and cultivated in one's own journey to win in the situations.

  • Also, don't complain about your current employment situation. As for giving a weakness, think about something you can strengthen and grow, show how you're working on it.