Questions Not To Ask At An Interview
It's safe to say that interviews can be a nerve wracking experience, you're so caught up in coming across friendly, that you can sometimes say the wrong thing. It's vital that you keep the tone professional and a little friendly, but not too over familiar with your potential employer. You should also not assume that you have the job, being confident is one thing but being over confident is not appealing. Make sure that you have some pretty amazing questions prepared, but stay away from the following at all costs.
What is the salary?
Some jobs do not advertise the salary when they first put the job out there, this is usually done for a reason. Asking about salary or the benefits of the job straight away, does not come across well. Many potential employers see this sort of question as rude, so it's important to tread carefully. You can be assured however, that the terms including salary WILL be discussed, if and when you are offered the position.
Don't ask about your social life
It is important that you get along with your workmates, but asking if there is a "party time after work?" Or something similar, is not a good move. Think about it from your employers point of view - Before you have even began working hard, you are wondering when the next time you can socialise is! Work culture does not translate to having new drinking buddies and it's important that you realise this. You can find out how social the office is once you actually start the job or by asking more subtle questions during the interview process, about the office environment.
Asking about a promotion
You should be concentrating on the position that you are applying for on the day. Being promoted should be something that you only think about after you have perfected your current role. While it is great to come across as enthusiastic during the interview, asking for a promotion right away can seem over confident and slightly unprofessional too. Employers want to KNOW that you are willing to give 110% to the position that you are applying for and that you value that role, no matter how small that role might be.
Will I have to do overtime or work at the weekends?
Being unwilling to be flexible with your schedule or working the shifts that nobody really wants, is not going to look good on you. This obviously depends on the kind of job that you are trying to get and your designated hours. As a general rule of thumb - you should always be enthusiastic to progress in your job, which sometimes means working difficult hours. Sometimes it is necessary to work extra hours, like when working towards a particular deadline for example. Asking during the interview stages, questions of this nature makes it seem like you are not willing to work hard, meaning employers will probably avoid taking you on.
Have I got the job?
Many employers like to wait until they have interviewed all applicants until they decide who has the job, so you should really not put pressure on them to elect you for the role immediately. There is no harm in asking when you can expect to hear from them, or when the next interview stage is - but asking, "Have I got the job?" is not a good idea. If they think you have a good chance of the role and they like you, they will usually make this quite clear before the interview is over. In any other circumstances, it's just a matter of waiting for that important phone call and being patient.
The job interview is that final hurdle before you (hopefully) get welcomed into your new job with open arms. Doing well is easy as long as you know what to do and what not to do. In addition to following the general rules, also ensure you don't let nerves spoil the interview. You can learn more interview tips, by checking out the "interview advice" section, right here on our website.