Category: Career Advice
Created on Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:39
Written by Faith Yeo
While it may be important to know what kind of questions to ask at the end of an interview, it is also as essential that you know what to avoid asking. The question may not be wrong but it may be an inappropriate time to ask. Some questions, on the other hand, should simply not be asked.
Here are six questions you should NOT ask when prompted by the interviewer. 1. What does this company do?
Prepare for the interview; avoid asking questions like this that can be answered with research on your part. It indicates that you did not prepare for the interview. If you even thought of asking this question, you can't be serious about your job search. However, if you are asking about specifics, be sure to indicate so. For example: I understand from the company website that the company is doing electronics production in more than 10 countries in the SEA region. But, exactly which part of electronics production is Xyz company into? Are there any other areas it is looking at expanding into? 2. How fast do you usually get promoted?
This is a good example of a question that is not wrong but inappropriate to ask during an interview. While it may be good to show your drive and dedication to the job, it may come across as too aggressive to some interviewers. Besides, this is a question that some interviewers may not be able to answer - being either from the Human Resource department rather than your direct boss or promotion opportunities are only available as and when someone leaves. So, focus your questions at your job on hand.
3. Do I have to work overtime?
If you have to know, ask instead: What is a typical day at work like? Or what are the day-to-day expectations of the job? 4. When can I take time off for vacation?
Interviewees who are planning when they are going to take their vacation leave even before they start work sends a negative message to interviewers. This shows how uncommitted and uninterested they are in the actual work.
If you have prior arrangements before the expected date to start work, wait until you get the offer. However, if asked about your availability, be honest.
5. What is the salary you are offering? And what benefits are there?
Just like asking for time off for vacation, asking about the benefits that come with the job or the offered salary is a no-no, unless raised by the interviewer himself. Asking about non-work related benefits - as opposed to learning opportunities for example - may reflect a interviewee that cares more about the benefits that comes with the job over the job. You can always ask about the salary and benefits when you are officially offered the job. 6. Did I get the job?
This question puts interviewers off for two reasons. Firstly, they will only know who gets the job at the end of all interviews. Hence, they will not be able to tell you if you are employed unless you are the last interviewee. Secondly, it comes across as unprofessional and may even cause you the crucial few points.
Instead of asking if you got the job to end the interview, you can let the interviewer know that you are interested in the job and offer to furbish them with any additional information they may require.