What NOT to ask in an interview | Cummins Mellor Recruitment

What Not To Ask In An Interview

We’ve all been there, you’ve nailed the interview, they seem to like you and you’re getting good vibes. You know there’s just one final hurdle to jump, the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”.

You did, but they were all answered in the interview – you can’t ask questions on a topic you’ve already covered, can you? OK, plan B, just think of something off the top of your head, if you don’t ask anything they’ll think you’re not interested.

Understandably, that’s the thought process of a lot of candidates, but asking an inappropriate or unprofessional question is often worse than asking nothing at all.

Here are some questions to steer clear of in your next interview;

Never ask for information you could have found with a quick Google search
Asking questions like, “what does your company do?” demonstrates to the employer that you haven’t bothered to do your research and therefore you’re not taking the role seriously enough. It can also show a lack of organisation skills and preparation.

How Did I Do?
Although this may seem like a harmless question to ask, even if you put a humorous spin on it, you run the risk of putting the interviewer on the spot and making them feel uncomfortable. You would be much better off asking when you should expect to hear from them next. This indicates you’re serious about the position without fishing for compliments.

Never ask about sick pay, holiday leave entitlement or other benefits
So you haven’t even got the job yet and you’re already indicating to the interviewer that you’re planning to take some time off. Not a smart move. If you do have any holidays booked it’s best to be up front with the interviewer and let them know if they haven’t already asked you the question.

Will there be an opportunity for me to move into other areas of the business?
Even if you do see this role as a springboard into a higher position this question demonstrates to the interviewer that your heart isn’t in it and if you do get the job you might not be sticking around for long. Make sure you show your passion and enthusiasm for this role, it’s likely that the opportunity for development and progression will be available somewhere down the line.

Can I work from home?
This is not something you should be asking on a first interview, the question shows that you may have problems working with others or under direct supervision of others or you have a difficult situation to work around. If the role allowed you to work from home the job advert would have stated that, this is usually a concession given to long serving employees.

 

It may seem obvious when reading these questions that they should be avoided at all costs, however in the moment it’s easy for one of these to slip out without a second thought. Prepare your questions beforehand and if the answers are covered in the interview then make sure you say that when asked if you have any further questions.

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