Do you have an interview anytime soon? Here are the top 10 you should never ask at an interview.
Questions You Shouldn’t Ask At An Interview
1. How often can I work from home? Do I need to be here always?
Even if the org allows employees work from home always, this kind of question creates a bad first Impression. It also indicates you might be a pain to work with and/or to manage.
2. How soon and often will I be promoted?
Asking this kind of question will only make you come off as arrogant and somewhat entitled. There’s a better way to ask about your development at the org and this isn’t really a good way.
3. Does the organization monitor social media activities?
Except you have something to hide, you really shouldn’t ask this kind of question. It’s a topic better left undiscussed. When you raise concerns, it becomes a red-flag and the recruiter would rather just go with another candidate.
4. Don’t ask questions related to your salary or benefits.
Always remember questions or negotiations regarding salary/benefits don’t come into play until after an offer has been extended. Asking this question means you are assuming you now have the job. Aunty, Bros calm down.
5. Would you like to grab coffee or drink later?
There’s been many cases of candidates asking interviewers this question. It’s a NO-NO. This comes off as trying to influence the hiring decision, or that you are more interested in a date. If anything at all, let them initiate it.
6. Do you do background checks?
Are you hiding something? LOL. Thing is, this question seem harmless, but you might have less time to explain why you’ve asked. Don’t sow a seed in the heart of the interviewer that you won’t be able to harvest. Hence, it can affect opportunity.
7. What does this organization do?
Really? As much as the interviewer will tell you this, they expect you do your research very well. If they do not ask you what you know about them, don’t ask them what they do. Simple.
8. Does your organization monitor email use and web browsing while at work?
Again this question raises questions of ‘what are you hiding?’. Will you be actively working on personal stuff while at work, and you don’t want your company to find out? Of course, org now monitor all.
9. Would you like to see my references now?
Common. You might seem desperate. A hiring process is like dating. You don’t ask to arrange an introduction until you are both sure you are good for each-other and would like to take the relationship to another level.
10. Can I arrive late or leave early as long as I complete my hours?
No one told us you were the son of the CEO. If they had, we wouldn’t be conducting an interview for you. LOL. What you are practically trying to do is dictate your work hours. No. Patience is really a virtue.
It is important to avoid questions that raise red flags on:
– First Impression
– Hard Work
– Patience and gradual growth
As always, it is important to engage in a professional manner. Be Professional. Speak Professionally and Ooze Professionalism.
All the best!