An interviewer will of course be asking you lots of questions and grilling you on your credentials. But that doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t ask questions of your own. However, there are some questions that you should stay clear of if you want to remain professional.
Here are the 4 questions you should never ask in a job interview.
‘What is it you do again?’
Asking what the company does in an interview will instantly show a lack of care and knowledge in the industry. You are essentially informing the employer that you don’t care what you do on a daily basis, and are just here for the salary and benefits.
The employer will be looking for someone who is passionate about the role and the company, and dedicated to their craft. Without these traits you are not going to function at your best, and offer the company a team member who is willing to go the extra mile.
It’s also very likely that if you apply for a job without conducting research on the role and the company, you are not going to produce a tailored and professional CV in the first place.
‘How did the interview go?’
The worst thing you can do at the end of a job interview is ask how well you did. It puts the employer on the spot and creates an unnecessary awkward situation. And what are you expecting them to say?
If the interviewer says you did really well but you still don’t get the job, you could be left feeling confused and frustrated. On the flip side, if you didn’t do very well and the interviewer decides to be honest, it will leave you feeling embarrassed.
In any case, you should never ask this question so you can avoid the examples above. Instead, close out the interview by thanking them for the opportunity and confirm that you are available at any point to be contacted for another interview or to answer further questions.
‘Will I receive sick pay?’
Asking about sick pay or even the salary during the interview is typically a bad idea. Unless the employer offers this up for discussion, you should avoid this conversation at all cost.
You want to be perceived as someone who is interested in the role and the company – not just the salary, benefits and sick pay. Sure, the amount you are paid is of course very important, but job satisfaction is just as vital to you and the employer.
Asking about sick pay specifically will also raise a few questions as to how often you will show up for work. If sick pay is important to you then you are clearly someone who is predicting some time off of work. For obvious reasons, this question will certainly raise a few eyebrows.
Now that you know which questions to avoid, here is a list of the Top 12 Best Questions to Ask at the End of the Job Interview.