Asking something unprofessional or inappropriate at the end of an interview is often worse than saying nothing at all and can send out all the wrong signals to your interviewer. So to help you avoid some precarious situations here are our questions to avoid at all costs in your interview:
What does your company do? – This question just displays to your interviewer that you haven’t got anything worthwhile to ask and, more importantly, that you haven’t spent a few minutes looking researching the role. Try to avoid asking anything that could be found out using a simple search instead focus on specifics that you wouldn’t be able to find on their website as it will show you have done your homework and you are interested in the role.
Can I move into other areas of the business? – Even if you see the role you are applying for as a springboard, don’t make it obvious to the interviewer. Try and show drive and enthusiasm for the role you are applying for, it is much more impressive and is more likely to land you the job.
How much sick pay do I get? – You are at first interview and you are already planning your first absence? Avoid all types of questions relating to sick pay and annual leave as it shows that you aren’t planning on having great attendance. Ask these types of questions once you are working there or until you have received an offer.
What is the nightlife like? – For some people the social side of a company is an important part of working life. However your first interview is not the time or place to ask where the best local bars are. Asking questions about the team or broad questions about company culture is great but save questions about the nightlife for when you have the job.
How did I do? – Don’t fish for compliments at the end of your interview. However well you think you have done asking how well you did will put the interviewer in an uncomfortable situation. Also, the answer you receive will probably not be the one you were expecting. Instead just ask when you will hear from them it’s a much better way to end your interview.
It may seem obvious to avoid these questions but they still turn up in interviews a lot. To keep out of trouble when asking questions make sure you listen throughout so you don’t ask a question you should know the answer to. Finally, remember if you fail to prepare; prepare to fail. Learn some generic questions that you can ask at the end of your interview to avoid awkward situations.