Iconic Movie Quotes to Inspire Your Upcoming Job Interview

If you know what an employer is looking for when you enter a job interview you’ll have an advantage over the other applicants. The best way to know what they’re looking for is to carefully read the job description and then prepare for the job interview. It’s also important to stay optimistic, motivated and inspired.

Here are some iconic movie quotes to keep in mind as you ready your job interview responses.

“Show me the money.” – Jerry McGuire


Prove your skills: Employers don’t hire talk, and they most certainly don’t keep talk on the staff. If you’re going to impress your employer you need to demonstrate that you have the skills to succeed. Do this by referencing accomplishments you made in the past that prepared you for success in the current company. As Cuba Gooding Jr. told Tom Cruise, “Show me the money.”

“You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth” – A Few Good Men


Honesty: If you’re going to get hired by someone they need to trust you. You can have the best references, the right resume and so forth. But if the interviewer doesn’t trust that you’re telling the truth, you might as well just get up and leave.

“If you build it, they will come.” – Field of Dreams


Vision: A job interview is a chance to show that you can read between the lines of a job description and state how your efforts will contribute to the company’s success. Show the interviewer that your foresight enables you to make decisions that will work out for the best.

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – The Godfather


Confidence: If a recruiter calls you into the office, they want to hire you. When you come in for an interview and knock their socks off, they’re happy. That means they know how to pick a good potential hire. A successful interview goes both ways. So make sure that you don’t mince words, be the best you that you can be so they can’t say no.

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” – Wall Street


Determination: Gordon Gekko’s infamous line reflects the perception of 1980s Wall Street culture. But the core of what he’s saying is just the mindset you need when you enter a job interview. Show your interviewer hunger—that you want to hit the ground running and kick some butt on the new job. You want all the success.

“These go to eleven.” – Spinal Tap


Unparalleled: Whenever you go for an interview, chances are there will be a few others interviewing for the same job. To be the one they hire means you’ll have to go above and beyond what the other candidates can offer. So figure out what makes you stand out from the competition and call that out. Go to eleven! 


“There can be only one.” – Highlander


They’re only going to hire one person from the group they interview. Don’t hesitate to prove you’re the one, the only one, for the job.