As we all know interviews can be a very nerve-wracking experience and sometimes these nerves lead us to ask some really silly questions that we would never dream of asking in a normal situation. I think it is fair to say that with some of these questions it seems like we are stating the obvious, but you would be surprised how often they crop up.
“It’s not what you do right in an interview that remains in the recruiter’s mind long after you leave the interview, it’s what you do wrong.” – Anna Kirkwood, Training.com.au
Please do not ask these questions during your interview…
You’re at an interview, not trying to get a date!
- Want to go out for drinks or a coffee later?
- Are all the employees here as “hot” as you?
Don’t come across as lazy!
- I prefer working from home. How often would you expect me to be here?
- Is it OK to arrive late or leave early if my work is done or if no one needs my help?
- Do you have a pen? Olivia Blazevic, Content & Marketing assistant for TAFE admits ” While it’s great that you want to write things down, but showing up for an interview unprepared makes you seem unprofessional and disorganised
Don’t lose focus on the role you are applying for!
- What other jobs are available here?
- How soon could I apply for another job here?
Make sure you research the position you are applying for!
Paul Di Michiel, The Career Medic lets on that any lack of preparation is obvious from the get go! “Candidates have asked What’s involved in the Job? I mean what did you think you were coming in here for?! It reeks of lack of preparation and interest.”
The basics include:-
- What does the person in this job do?
- What are the requirements of the job?
- What does the company do?
- How soon can I get a pay rise?
- How much paid holiday would I get?
- How soon can I take a holiday after I start work?
- Do you check references?
- Is passing a drug test required to be hired, or in place during employment?
- Amber Kirkwood reinforces this point mentioning anything that might make it seem you have something to hide, is a big no no. In interviews you are presumed guilty before being proven innocent.
- Do you have security cameras watching everything I do?
- Do you monitor email use and web browsing when I’m at work?
- Do you keep close track of when I arrive and when I leave?
- How long do I need to work here before having a paid sick day?
- How many paid sick days are allowed?
- Do you require a doctor’s note whenever a sick day is taken?
What happens if you do ask any of these questions in your interview?
Narmatha Thambipillay, Director of Arjan Consulting offers some solid advice: ” The best way to save yourself firstly is take a couple of deep breaths (it’s very easy to become flustered) and work out first whether the mistake is really that bad. If it is, are you going to make it worse by elaborating on your answer, or should you just apologise and ask to re-answer the question.”
The communication experts at Telco Solutions are well placed when it comes to getting across the right message. Erin Conrad advises “Being able to communicate in an open and honest way is half the battle. So if you mess up, admitting it can glean you some respect and show you are sincere.”