Questions you should never ask in a Job Interview

Jobseekers sometimes ask questions that damage their chances of getting the role. Poor preparation is usually the main reason silly questions come out, so it’s important to prepare a few questions in advance. Your questions need to demonstrate your suitability and interest in the position.

It’s vital to ask questions during a job interview (or at the end of an interview), but there are questions you should never ask in your interview.

Here are a few examples of questions to avoid…

What is the role and what will I do?
Do not ask any questions that are covered in the job description, it shows a lack of preparation and that give the impression the candidate did not read any information prior to the interview. Instead know the Job description and ask further questions around any point that interest you.

Is it a limited company?
Don’t ask questions that a quick online search would have answered. Show you are resourceful and are interested in the company by knowing some background information.

Is there a background check?
Obviously don’t look like you have something to hide.

How long before I can be promoted?
Don’t act above the position you are applying for or give the impression you are already looking to advance from that position. You need to demonstrate pro-activeness and ambition, but make sure you show willingness to achieve and succeed in the role you are interviewing for.

What time is lunch? Or what time do I finish?
A work life balance may be important to you, but done ask questions that give the impression the job is not your priority.

Make sure the questions you ask show…

  • Your expertise and skills
  • A good work ethic
  • A professional attitude
  • A focus on achievements
  • A willingness to bring passion, skill, and perspective to the position
  • An interest in the company and good background knowledge.

Questions asked by the candidate are an important time to showcase your skills and suitability for the company and role.

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One Response to “Questions you should never ask in a Job Interview”

August 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm, Thomas Balraj said:

Very good tips . much appreciated


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