Fun, and Inspirational Quotes About Job Interviews

Quotable Quotes for the Job Hunt

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Most people don't think there's anything funny about looking for a job, interviewing for a job, or any other aspect of the job-hunting process. A positive attitude and confident energy are important in a job interview nonetheless, so it can be helpful to at least have some funny, motivational, and inspirational thoughts running through your head as you prepare. 

Here are some quotable interview quotes from some successful and insightful people, selected because they're the most likely to lift the spirits of the average job seeker.

Funny, Fun, Motivational and Inspirational Quotes About Finding a Job

“I had a job interview at an insurance company once and the lady said ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ and I said ‘Celebrating the fifth year anniversary of you asking me this question.’” Mitch Hedberg

"When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.” Anna Quindlen

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“During job interviews, when they ask, ‘What is your worst quality?’ I always say, ‘Flatulence’. That way I get my own office.” Dan Thompson

"I can count on one hand the number of people who wrote me a thank you letter after having an interview, and I gave almost all of them a job.” Kate Reardon

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” Theodore Roosevelt

“When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is if they ever press charges.” Jack Handy

"Convey your passion and link your strengths to measurable results. Employers and interviewers love concrete data." Marcus Buckingham

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” Arthur Ashe

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius

"I picked up an issue of Cosmopolitan the other day that had tips for job interviews, because I was like, 'I need to get better at interviews.' The article was basically about how to get someone not to hate you in 20 minutes."  Jennifer Lawrence

"I sometimes find that in interviews you learn more about yourself than the person learned about you." William Shatner

"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something." Randy Pausch

“Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.” Brian Tracy

"I get mad at people who talk about traumatic job interviews, about going on one and getting rejected. I get rejected all the time and not only do I get rejected, but people have no problem being really specific about why I was rejected." Julia Sweeney

"I didn't have a job because nobody would hire me. My friends were getting hired, and I couldn't even get a job interview. That really rocked my self-esteem because I didn't understand what I did wrong on those job applications.” Tyra Banks

"Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Japanese Proverb

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” Katherine Whitehorn

"Getting fired is nature's way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.” Hal Lancaster

"At the Harvard Business School, I really felt I had gained the ability to resolve difficult issues. But I also felt that I wasn't in the mainstream with my fellow students. During job-hunting season, for example, everybody shaved their beards for interviews. I thought, 'This is crazy.' So I grew a beard.” Thomas Stemberg

"If opportunity doesn't knock, then build a door.” Milton Berle

“Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire.” Dan Zevin