5 Job Interview Questions And Answers That Fail You

5 Job Interview Questions And Answers That Fail You

Updated on July 5, 2024

Do you know some job interview questions and answers can make you fail? Yes, some questions you ask the interview panel and some answers from you to their questions can make you fail. According to you, these may not be wrong answers or questions, but these are unwanted or untimely questions and answers. You are not alone, many candidates face this problem. Let’s find some of such job interview questions and answers that can make you fail.

5 Job Interview Questions And Answers That Fail You

It is difficult for some people to pass the job interview because their answers to the job interview questions make them fail. It doesn’t mean that they didn’t prepare well for the interview. In spite of having all the skills required to fit the job, and the knowledge to answer the questions, they fail. Did it ever happen in your life?

Sometimes you may think, that the interview board has already selected the required persons, and the interview is just a formality to show the public. Your thinking is natural because you don’t know the exact reason for your failure even after answering the questions.

Your words project you in a poor light

It is possible that you are turning off the interview board by saying or asking things that project you in a poor light.

Even though you are the best candidate for the job, the words you said unknowingly kill your chance to get selected.

What is your primary goal?

When you go for an interview your primary goal is to give your best to get through the interview with flying colours.

You try to make a good appearance and personality. You are well dressed, good talking style and follow other factors you learned from others or from books. 

You have the best qualifications and skills required for the job applied and the drive to work hard. Many times after fulfilling all the requirements and trying your best, you fail in the interview.  

Why does this happen to you?

The reason is that during the interview you mentioned something in your words which is considered a red flag for an interviewer.

Avoid these job interview questions and answers

Be aware of the 5 Things that could fail you in your next job interview. Stay away from asking or saying these things. 

5 Job interview questions and answers that fail you
5 Job interview questions and answers that fail you
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  1. What is this company all about?
  2. Bad-mouthing about your current job, boss or company.
  3. Hey, that is on my resume.
  4. Asking about vacation policies at the very start of an interview.
  5. Disclosing your ambitious goals.

1. What is this company all about?

Do research about the company

When you are preparing yourself for an interview it is important for you to do research about the company. Most companies have their website mentioning all the details about the company, products and policies. You can get most of the required information free on the net. If needed, you can also read reviews about the company on many blogs and forums.

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Prepare a few good points about the company

You can prepare a few good points to talk about the value that you can add to this company. You should be ready to explain how well you can fit into the job that the company wants to hire people for.

Have good knowledge of the company

Before attending the interview, make sure that you have good knowledge about the company. This will help you to avoid the question, “What is this company all about?”.

If you ask this question to the interviewer, that’s the first failure. If you end up asking this question, there is a good chance that you will be rejected in the first stage.

You can ask for details about a particular point at a later stage of the interview. But never ask the above question because that proves you applied for the job without confirming yourself to fit for the job.

2. Bad-mouthing about your current job, boss or company

Never say anything bad about your present employer, like “My current boss is just horrible” or “My current company is absolutely awful” etc.

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Always talk positively about your current job, employer and company. Even if you have any problem with your current job, never talk bad.

You may not know the friendship or relationship between your current employer and the interviewer. If you talk bad about the current employer to the interviewer who is a good friend or relative of your current employer, you will be in trouble.

Talk about the good things you learned from your current job, and appreciate the current employer and company. This positiveness will impress the interviewer and that will increase the chances that you might end up getting the job.

Speaking with candour is important to become successful in your career and life.

3. Hey, that is on my resume

While applying for the job you might have already submitted a resume giving all the details about yourself. The interviewer may ask you a question about something particular about your qualifications, experience or personal details.

You might have already mentioned the answer to that question in your resume. But probably the interviewer wants to know more details about a particular point or confirm the same. Never expect the interviewer should judge you only by your resume. 

Never reply like, “Why don’t you have a look?  It’s already on my resume.” This kind of reply is unprofessional and considered a red flag for the interviewer. 

When the interviewer asks a question use that opportunity to show your communication skills. It is possible that the interviewer wants to know more details and also wants to test your communication and social skills.

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4. Asking about vacation policies at the very start of an interview

At the very first stage of an interview avoid asking questions like,

  • What’s in for me?
  • What are your working hours?
  • What’s your vacation policy?

Questions of this type at the first stage are considered a red flag because you will be considered an arrogant person.

Wait for the response from the interviewer

When you have jumped all the questions successfully wait for the response from the interviewer. If the interviewer is happy with your answers, ability and positive attitude, they may ask about your expectations or tell their offers and conditions. That is a chance for you to negotiate.

If that did not happen, you can ask such questions at that time. This means you should ask only when you feel that they are happy with you and at the final stage. 

The first impression is the best impression

You must have heard the saying, ‘First impression is the best impression!’ At the very first stage of an interview, your words should give a good impression of your personality and positive attitude. From your words and actions, the interviewer should feel that you are a hard-working and dedicated person with your work.

It is also good to speak words adding value for the betterment of the company. This will give them a good impression that you give more value to honest and sincere work than just earning money. 

Remember money cannot buy everything required in your life.

5. Disclosing your ambitious goals

Some people may have a plan to start their own business. For them getting a job may be to earn some money and experience and leave the job at the earliest.

If you have any such a plan, tell nothing related to that in the interview. Never say ‘I would like to start my business soon.’

The interviewer will not appreciate this and they will not hire you. If the employer feels that you are looking for a job to raise some funds for your own business, they will not hire you.  

Employers are spending a lot of money, effort and time on training the people they hire. If you leave just after training within a few months, you are wasting their time, effort and money. No employer is interested in hiring a person who will leave the job after training.

Employers want to hire people who would stick around with the company for a few years and add some value to the company. So better to keep your ambitious goals to yourself and not mention this to an interviewer. 

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Hope that you can find what are the possible job interview questions and answers that can make you fail. Be prepared for the interview well. Your attitude and communication skill is very important for success. Even if you have the required qualifications and skills, wrong communication and a negative attitude will give a wrong impression about you. That will become the reason for the rejection. Think and answer properly to job interview questions.

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