Questions To Ask (& Not To Ask) At Your Job InterviewPosted: 6th of April 2015 by
‘Have you got any questions?’ This deceptively simple question can cause real problems during a job interview – say nothing and you look like you have nothing to say, but ask the wrong question and it could be even worse – maybe even marking you out as the wrong person for the job. It is best to be prepared with a couple of questions before you head into a job interview, but what to ask?
Here, we present a few ideas of what not to say (and some alternative suggestions):
‘What Does The Company Do?”
This question is a definite non-starter! You should already know what the company does, as well as how your role would fit in. Don’t ask anything that you could have found out beforehand by looking online. Instead try to find something more specific to ask – that will also show that you have already researched the company and the role.
“Can I Move To Another Position In The Business?”
You might see the job you are applying for as a stepping-stone to something else – but don’t let your employer know that – especially before you have even been hired! Instead, ask about prospects for promotion, and show that you are motivated and career minded. Rather than asking about a move of jobs, focus on how you can progress in the role you are going for – ask about training rather than moving roles altogether!
“How Much Sick Pay / Annual Leave Will I Get?”
Don’t ask this. Hinting that you are prone to taking time off sick, or already thinking about your holiday entitlement sends out all the wrong messages. Unless there is a specific medical reason that requires you to ask the question, just avoid it at the interview.
“What is the work social life Like?”
Having a social life with your work colleagues can be a great way to create strong bonds in the workplace. However, it is not something to broach during your interview. You need to be seen to be focussed on work – not going out. Instead ask about the team you are working with or the culture of the company. If the social life comes up, then fine, but don’t bring it up yourself!
“Do You Think I Will Get The Job?”
This may be uppermost in your mind at the end of your interview – but don’t ask this question. Even if you have done well, you are putting pressure on the interviewer, besides they may not be in the position to make that decision right away. Don’t look for compliments, but instead ask when you can expect to hear about the job.
Most of all, make sure to listen during the interview. This will make it easier to come up with relevant a question or two by the end of the interview. It will also stop you asking a question that has already been covered at the interview.
Best of all, do your homework on the company before you go to the interview, and make a note of a few things you would like to ask.
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