A question asked during an interview that was poorly thought out can eliminate your chance of getting hired.
When you ask the right questions you will stick with a potential employer. When you ask the wrong questions you’ll be finished before you even have a chance.
Let’s have a look at questions NOT to ask in an interview.
What you should not ask the interviewers during interviews
Some of these questions sound silly even impossible questions, but you may be surprised to know that they are asked sometimes.
To be on a safe side, just don’t ask these questions in interviews.
- What are your company’s vacation time and benefit policies? When you ask about job perks too early you will come across as being self-indulgent. This is a question left to ask once you are offered the job.
- Can you tell me about the company? You should have already done your own research about the company. You should be asking specific questions that show you have done your research.
- Will I be required to work overtime? Rather than asking about overtime ask what a typical day might look like.
- Why did the previous employee leave? This comes across as being nosy. Instead ask if this is a new position or if you are replacing someone. This makes the question come across more positively.
- Do you have any reservations about me? This puts pressure on the employer and this will not generally be received well.
- Will I have to relocate or travel? When you ask a question like this it makes you appear inflexible. Let the potential employer bring this subject up.
- What is the salary for this position? Never ask how much you will be paid during the first interview. It is much better to wait until the position is offered to you.
- How long is the interview? I have someplace I need to be after. Don’t ask this question, don’t look at your watch, and don’t glance at your cell phone, because you’ll be seen as unappreciative of the interviewer’s time.
- What’s your policy on flex time? Unless flex time was mentioned in the job description don’t ask about it.
- How long does it take to get a promotion? Avoid questions about opportunities, because it will make the interview question what your intention is.
- How long is my lunch break? These are the types of questions that should be asked once employment is offered.
- What type of health insurance do you offer? Ask this question in later interviews. The initial interview is not the place to discuss such questions.
You’ve got the top 12 questions you should not ask during an interview. Here are a few more questions to avoid.
More Wrong Questions you should avoid
Here you some more questions,
- What psychiatric benefits do you offer?
- Are you married? (Asked of the interviewer)
- Can you guarantee a year from now that I will still have a job?
- Do I get to accumulate the frequent flyer miles from my business trips?
- Would anyone notice or care if I came in late and left early?
- The job description lists must work weekends, but would I really be required to do this?
- Do you offer free parking?
- Do you reimburse me for the cost of getting my MBA?
- Can you discuss your retirement plan with me?
It’s just as important not to ask the wrong questions as it is to ask the right questions during your interview.