When you are interviewing potential candidates for a position, there are a few questions you do not want to hear asked!
Asking questions is a great tactic in an interview – it shows that you as a candidate have thought about the role, you have researched, and are serious about the position. But there are a few things that no interviewer wants to hear asked.
These are all common job interview questions I have been asked, and they aren’t the good ones! Here they are, and here’s why I don’t want to hear them:
• How many warnings to you get before you are fired?
What?! You are already thinking about getting fired before you have even got the job. Huge red flag for any interviewer! Why would you ever hire someone who is thinking about how far they can push their luck in a job before they have got it. All this does is tell a prospective employer to steer clear of you.
• Do I get paid sick leave?
Again, this is another red flag. To me, it sounds like you are already planning to pull a sickie when you can’t be bothered to come into work. This is something that will be made clear if you get offered the job. It will be set out in your contract, and you can discuss it then, it’s not something to bring up in an interview.
• What is the salary?
This is something you either should have seen at the point of application or will be informed of at the point of the job being offered. Asking this in the interview puts the interviewer under pressure.
Often it is down to HR to decide on the salary someone will be offered, and the interviewer won’t have much of a say. Asking an interviewer a question you know they can’t answer unfair, and the salary question should be avoided at all costs.
• When do I start?
Now, this is my absolute least favourite question to be asked by a candidate, but you may be surprised how many times this question has been asked. It is often posed as a ‘joke’ and is seemingly light hearted, but if you didn’t want to know the answer, you wouldn’t ask the question, right?
Asking this makes you seem hugely arrogant and very sure of yourself, and these aren’t always qualities interviewers want to see.
You are putting the interviewer under pressure, they will not be able to answer this question, and you will make them feel uncomfortable. Coupled with the fact that asking this is inappropriate and to be quite frank, just plain rude.
If I hear any of these questions asked in an interview, I will not hire this person. Because by asking these questions, I know they are not the kind of person I want working for me. The questions you ask are very important when you are working on how to succeed in a job interview. The questions you ask, are as important as the questions you answer and they should be well thought out and considered.