21 Things Candidates say that makes them look rude…

There are many qualities than can endear a candidate to an employer, however rudeness is certainly not one.

While many people may not realise they are coming across as rude in a job interview, it’s a common enough occurrence and the savvy recruiter should be wary of their candidate using any such phrases.

Business Insider has compiled a list of the rudest things a candidate can say in a job interview. click here to read the best of…

  1. ‘I’ve been waiting a while’

While a candidate is justified for being annoyed that the interviewer kept them waiting, they get no brownie points for grumbling.

  1. ‘Hi! I know I’m late…’

If a candidate is late, they shouldn’t draw attention to it or make excuses. Quickly apologise and move on.

  1. ‘What happens if I don’t get along with my boss or co-workers?’

This doesn’t necessarily make a candidate sound rude, per se. But the interviewer may assume they’re impolite and unable to work with others.

  1. ‘Are you married?/Do you have kids?/How old are you?’ etc.

Never ask the interviewer any personal questions.

  1. ‘I heard this rumour about the CEO. Is it true?’

You should never bring gossip into a job interview. It’s highly unprofessional.

  1. ‘Who should I avoid in the office?’

The candidate should not embroil themselves in co-worker drama.

  1. ‘What does your company do?’

Questions like this will make them look unprepared and inconsiderate.

  1. ‘I don’t have weaknesses’

Claiming not to have shortcomings makes a candidate come across as arrogant.

  1. ‘S***/b****/f***’ etc.

Hold off on the profanities.

  1. ‘How did I do? or Did I get the job?’

This one puts the interviewer on the spot.

  1. ‘ I feel like this is your organisations big weakness’

Instead they should offer ideas on how to improve the organisation, keeping language positive.

  1. ‘Excuse me, I need to take this call really quickly’

Never a good idea.

  1. ‘I just need a job’

This may be true, but definitely don’t admit it to an interviewer.

  1. ‘Hi — let’s get started’

A candidate may be nervous and eager to get it over with, but it’s important they introduce themselves first.


  1. ‘Sorry — I’ve got to run!’

Candidates should try to keep their schedule relatively uncluttered on the day of the interview.

  1. ‘I’d like a coffee/water/tea’

If the interviewer offers, it’s fine to ask for a beverage. But a candidate shouldn’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.

  1. ‘I… I… and I…’

Candidates should keep the focus on how you can help the organisation. The conversation should always go back to that main thesis.

  1. ‘The office isn’t what I thought it would be’

Don’t imply disappointment.

  1. ‘How did you get this role?’

A successful candidate won’t say anything that could be considered condescending to the person standing between them and a potential job.

  1. ‘Can you believe this election? or Who are you voting for?’

Keep politics out of conversations. If they bring it up first, the candidate should do what they can to change the conversation.

  1. ‘Dude/honey/girls/ladies/man’

It’s better to err on the side of caution, lest they come off as belittling or disrespectful.