Whilst in an interview an employer will always expect you to be engaging with them as much as possible. A candidate who is enthusiastic about the role they’re being interviewed for is much more likely to get the job compared to a candidate who shy’s away from asking any questions and wants to get out of the interview as quickly as they can. Sometimes however, being arrogant and asking the all the wrong questions can be just as bad as saying nothing at all. Being an apprentice myself and having gone through the whole process I know just how daunting an interview can be. Here are my top questions to NOT ask when being interviewed.
What does this company do?
Employers Thoughts: “You have done no research on our company?”
The first step in ruining your chances is asking the interviewer what the company does. By asking this it shows you’ve done absolutely no research for the position you have applied for and have no interest in working specifically for this company. In any interview, you will always get questions relating to the business, if you haven’t done your research then it’s likely you will be unsuccessful.
How much holiday do I get?
Employers Thoughts: “You’re thinking about time off before you’ve even started?”
Although this may seem like a normal question in an interview and one which will not harm your chances of getting the role, it will have a negative impact on the interviewer and they may question your commitment. This is a question to ask once you have received a job offer (if they haven’t already told you) but asking this at you first interview you’re already jumping the gun and assuming the job is yours.
How much will I get paid?
Employers Thoughts: “You assume you already have the position guaranteed?”
Although it isn’t the worst question to ask at an interview it is a question you shouldn’t ask at your first interview. If you have a minimum salary that you must stick to then apply to a role that clearly states that appropriate salary, if you have flexibility within your salary then wait until the employer brings it up. An employer does not want an employee someone motivated purely by money, but someone who wants to do well for the business.
When do I get a promotion?
Employers Thoughts: “You’re presuming you will get a promotion without proving yourself first?”
That is exactly what an employer will be thinking when you ask if you are due a promotion before even being offered the initial role. There are ways in which you can ask the same question without an employer believing you’re not interested in the role that you’ve applied for. Instead, ask “what are the career progression opportunities like within this organisation.” This sounds much more positive, you’re both happy with the current role you’re applying for but you’ll also be a motivated employee who will constantly look to progress.
Do I have to work weekends?
Employers Thoughts: “Are you not committed enough to this company to work when necessary?”
An employer will strongly consider not taking somebody on if they are not willing to be flexible with their hours. Asking this also implies that you want to work as little as possible to get by. In most job descriptions working hours will be included so there is no need to ask this when in an interview.
Did I get the job?
Employers Thoughts: “This candidate is desperate for a job and they have not allowed any time for me to reflect on my decision.”
Probably the biggest NO in any interview. This question massively puts employers off as they haven’t had any chance to fully process your application and interview, on average it takes an employer a week to officially offer someone the role after the interviewing process. Wait for them to get back to you, if you want to find out how long it may take simply ask “What is the next step in the interview process?” This will give you a much clearer indication of when you may get an offer. Never presume that you have already got the job.