QuestionsWhen it comes to the end of an interview and the interviewer asks if you have any questions, it is always a good idea to have some up your sleeve just in case you can’t think of anything on the spot. Just make sure that the questions you ask are sending out the right message, you don’t want to ruin your chance of a job offer in the final stretch. Although it may be obvious that some questions are a definite no-go, there are others which may seem harmless but can in fact cause the hirer to rethink his opinion. Take a look at the following questions and try to avoid anything along the same lines.

What does your company do? At best this question suggests that you couldn’t think of anything worthwhile to ask, at worst it makes you look like you haven’t bothered to do some basic research on the company. If you want to show interest in the company, try asking something along the lines of ‘I saw that your company recently did x, can you tell me a little more about this?’.

Can I move into other areas of the business? This question makes you look disinterested in the position you are applying for, or that you don’t think that it is right for you. Even if you are hoping that this role will in time lead to something else, try to show some enthusiasm for the role you are actually being interviewed for. Instead you could ask ‘What are the promotion/development prospects?’.

How much sick pay/holiday do I get? It is a good idea to steer clear of any questions regarding sick pay or annual leave during the interview stage as it looks like you are already planning to be away from work a lot. Avoid asking any questions such as this at least until a job offer is made.

What’s the nightlife like? The social aspects of a company can be very important, however during the interview is not the time to ask about the best places to go out. You could instead ask about the team or company culture, such as ‘How many other people are there in the team?’ or ‘What’s the best thing about the company culture?’.

How did I do? This may be meant in a light-hearted way, however it puts the interviewer in an uncomfortable position, and he/she is unlikely to be able to provide you with an answer. A better question to ask would be ‘When can I expect to hear from you?’ and then to follow this up with an email thanking them for their time.

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