Questions not to ask at an interview

Interviews can sometimes feel very pressuring and frightening. You want to try and impress the interviewer without doing the wrong thing. However the nerves can sometimes get the better of you and you can end up really awkward and not knowing what to say.

Generally a good rule is to not act presumptuous or be too familiar with the interviewer, remember to remain professional at all times when speaking with representatives from the organisation that you are applying for. You have to walk in showing confidence with powerhouse questions in mind. Below, is a list of questions to avoid in an interview situation.


What are the salary benefits of this role?

Unfortunately most job adverts will not reveal the salary that is going to be offered and this can be frustrating. However if the interviewer hasn’t revealed the salary they have to offer for the position, you aren’t in the position to ask this question. Once the job has been offered to you then you may ask the details of the job offer, but for now, you cannot ask this question.


Don’t ask about drinking/party culture. 

Work culture is a very important aspect of most jobs and sometimes it can translate to drinking culture. You will get to know your colleagues and maybe go to the out with them on a Friday after 5pm, but don’t ask how common an event it is for all of the work force to out together for a drink. You could ask about the office environment however as this makes it more tactful and less direct as you don’t want it to come across that you are only interested in the social side of the work place.


How quickly can I be promoted?

An interviewer always likes to see that the candidate is ambitious but don’t ask questions that are very forward and that aren’t relevant to the immediate future at the company. The interviewer likes to know that you will devote yourself to the job in hand, to the job that you are applying and being interviewed for. The interviewer will not like the fact that you come across as waiting impatiently for the day that you will get a promotion and a pay raise. You could ask if there is any opportunity for a possible advancement within the company, but not before you have secured the job you are in an interview for. It may suggest you want to stay and grow within the company- which is a good thing as it suggests that you will stay long term with the company.


Will I need to work late or on weekends?

Asking this may seem like you aren’t keen on the job you’re applying for as it is a traditional 9 – 5 position and it will come across that you just want to get it over with, which isn’t the ideal way to present yourself. If you are working in the service sector or on shifts, this might be a more appropriate question to ask, as you will have to deal with shift times and patterns but many employers will expect you to put extra time in when it is necessary, as in to complete a deadline for the company.


Did I get the job?

As much as you really want to know if you got the job, this question if opening you up to a world of hurt. This puts pressure on the person interviewing you to make an on the spot decision straight away, which can cause a lot of stress and isn’t the right way forward. You could ask them what the next stage of the process would be for you and your application and if they let you know, what to also expect next. However if they feel that you are the right candidate for the position, they will usually volunteer to provide you with this information before the interview ends.


We’re confident that you will do well in an interview at this stage if you try not to let the stress of an interview build up and get to you. You know what questions to ask, so it doesn’t affect your chance of getting the job during the interview stage.


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