I don’t know if I am the best candidate

Hi,

I had an interview a few days ago. It was a panel interview and one of the questions was “why do you think you are the best candidate for this job”. In response, I made your case by explaining my qualifications and how those relate to the job. I concluded saying, that all these make me a strong candidate for this job. I would not say I am the best because I do not know who else are you interviewing. I know it’s unusual to say that by I just want to be honest in my response.

Later I sent a thank you letter and in response one of the interviewers wrote that “I really appreciate your honesty about the question why you are the best candidate. Thank you for your interest in working with us”

Given the tone of the interviewer, should I assume I didn’t get the job? Was it wrong to be too frank with the panel?

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