There’s nothing worse than having no questions to ask at the end of an interview…
Actually, there might just be. In fact, asking something inappropriate or unprofessional is often more harmful than asking nothing at all- and can send all the wrong signals to recruiters. It could be even be the reason they decide not to hire you after an otherwise great interview. Here are some questions you DEFINITELY steer clear of…
What Does Your Company Do?
Think asking someone what their company does is a great way to get the ball rolling? Think again
All this question really says to recruiter is that you can’t think anything worthwhile to ask and, more importantly, that you haven’t even deemed the interview significant enough to spend a few minutes on a search engine looking the company up. So don’t ask anything that you could have learned by researching the company. Instead, focus on the specifics in more detail to help demonstrate you’ve done your homework.
Can I Move Into Other Areas Of The Business?
As disinterested questions go, this one is right up there.
OK, so perhaps you see this position you’re applying for a springboard to something else, but that doesn’t mean you should tell the recruiter that. You might as well just go the whole way and ask ‘If I’m not right for this job, do you have any other vacancies you think might be right?”
Take your current audience into consideration and try exhibiting your drive and enthusiasm for the position you are applying for. Trust us, it will be a lot more impressive.
Did I Get The Job?
This question puts employers on the spot and makes you appear impatient. Instead you could ask for more important information on the next step in the hiring process. For example, you could ask, ‘Do you generally do multiple round of interviews with job candidates?” However, if they are interested in you, most employers will give you information before the end of the interview.
Can I Do This Job From Home?
If this is a telecommuting job, the job description would have said so. Asking to work from home implies that you dislike working with others, you do not work well under direct supervision, or you may have a difficult schedule to work around. Occasionally, employees who have held a position in the company for a long period are allowed to telecommute, but this is not a concession you should ask on a first interview.
What Is The Salary For This Position?
Do not ask this question on a first interview. If you know that you will refuse a job that pays less than a certain amount, you can state the amount in your cover letter. However, if you are even somewhat even flexible regarding salary, it is best not to discuss compensation until you are offered position.
More Questions Not To Ask
- Can I see the break room?
- How late can I be to work before getting fired?
- How long is lunch ?
- Can I bring my dog to work?
- Will I have to take a drugs test?
- Does this company monitor Internet usage?
- How many warnings you do get before you are fired?
This is by no means a definitive list. There are a number of other questions which may arise, and the same themes could be asked in variety of ways.
If in doubt remember : you should be interviewed on your ability to so the job. Any questions leading to bias in hiring (e.g relating to your personal life, age or ethnicity) are strictly off limits. But if you are asked something you’re simply not comfortable answering, don’t be afraid to speak out. Most interviewers will be extremely understanding in this situation. And, if they’re not? It’s probably not an employer you should be working for.