10 things you should NOT ask in a job interview

Thursday 20 June, 2013
A job seeker will never know if what they're saying in a job interview is the 'right' thing. There are a few certainties however; this list of 10 things NOT to ask in an interview will set you on the right track in the hopes of getting a job. 10 things not to ask in an interview: 1. So ... can you tell me a little more about your business? What do you do here? This immediately tells them employer that you haven't done any previous research and aren't enthusiastic about the opportunity of working for the business. 2. I can't believe I'm here. I never thought I would make it THIS far into the process. Why me? This makes the employer doubt their own decision for choosing you in the first place. 3. What is the sick leave policy? Understanding the sick leave policy is probably a question best directed at Human Resources and not the head of the business or the Hiring Manager. 4. How many breaks in the day am I entitled to? Everyone employee is entitled to breaks. Wanting to know the specifics of the break system shows them that you probably aren't the most committed or dedicated of employees. Like the previous question, it highlights to the employer that the job is more of a way to pay the bills then an exciting chance to be involved in the company. 5. Is it possible to work from home? This is something to ask once you have settled into the routines of the workplace. If you believe there is no reason why you can't undertake your duties at home and have a VERY good reason for not being able to come into the office then you must make your case at this later stage. 6. Why did the person before me leave? Although this question could indicate the type of issues that you may experience working in the same position (e.g. stress, high work load, night shifts) it puts the employer in an awkward position as the reason for the previous employee's dismissal or absence may be confidential. If you really want to know this piece of information, you could ask 'What do you think will be the greatest challenge in this role'? 7. Does this company monitor Internet usage? This will make the employer aware to the fact that you may spend time online and looking at things which are not related to your job duties. 8. What's the pay like? If you're somewhat flexible with a salary it's best not to begin negotiating until you are at least offered a position. There are minimum and maximum wage requirements for all industries and types of work in Australia so looking into these before applying for a position should give you some sort of indication. 9. So where does everyone head on Friday after work? This question proves that you have a life outside of work but it also shows to an employer that the moment the clock hits 5 pm on a Friday that you'll be at that door and into the closest pub. Instead it could be an idea to talk about sporting interests or other hobbies during the interview. 10. So, did I get the job? Don't let the employer know that you are impatient (or desperate). Instead ask what the next stage of the hiring process will entail and this should give you some indication as to when you'll find out about the job. For more tips and advice on getting a job, check out OneShift  Image Image source: Cartoon stock
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