5 questions you should never ask during a job interview
Being nervous before and during a job interview is not news to many of us. Aside from the constant pressure of giving our best, we also live under the fear we will not have the courage to ask about all the details we want to know from our possible future employer.
Be it because of fear of sending the wrong message or seeming shallow or greedy, more often than not, candidates leave the interview without even knowing what paycheck they will be receiving if chosen, without knowing anything about the company’s values and definitely not sure about the gym membership the company offers or not.
While it is perfectly alright, even recommended, that you ask about how much money you will get paid, about the working hours, the benefits that come along with the position you are applying for, how much you will travel and so on, there are a few questions you might want to avoid.
- How fast can I get promoted?
Ok, everybody wants a career-driven employee as they are the ones putting in most effort for the sake of the company and their common goals. But remember they are now trying to fill in the current empty place and not planning on getting rid of any of your superiors in the near future. Most probably your superior is right there in the room with you.
- Is this rumor true?
There is rumor about everything and everybody in the world. But that is not to be discussed in the first interview you have with a company you hope to get hired for. This is not a media inquiry, this is a place of presentation and negotiation.
- What happened to the person who was hired before me in this position?
While it is important information, you might want to get in touch with that person and ask him or ask someone else within the company that you know better from your social circles about that specific employee. Do not ask this at the interview as it will make you look suspicious and defensive.
- Can I have part-time contracts elsewhere?
This is like telling your future employer he will never have your undivided attention. Which is not a good sign for a recruiter. He will wonder if you can give 100% at the job, if your part-times are not going to transform into full-times, if he can count on you to be on-call at times when that kind of support is needed. You already raise him too many questions and he might abandon your application without even asking them.
- How much can I work from home?
Unless they tell you, you can work away from your office or if it was specified in the announcement, don’t assume that is an option. It is a question you can raise once you are way further in the recruitment process and, if it is not an option in itself, you can try to negotiate it after you have proven your value as an employee.