Questions you should NOT ask in an interview

At some point throughout your interview (normally towards the end) the interviewer will ask “Do you have any questions?” We strongly recommend you plan your questions prior to the interview because the questions you ask will reflect your knowledge of the company, your interest and capability for the position and your work ethic.

The aim is to show you’ve done your homework on the company and the role, however are enthusiastic and show initiative to ask for more information. Here are some questions you most definitely should stay clear from asking!

“What does your company do?”

I think the reason why this question is a big no no, is self-explanatory. If you have applied for a job online and attended the interview, and still do not know what the organisation does, then you have not done your research or even interested in the position you have applied for.

“When can I take holidays?”

Avoid asking any questions in relation to holidays or booking time off, in the interview. This question can give the impression you are not committed to your work. If you have previous commitments and you are trying to enquire if this is acceptable, this is something you can ask your Recruiter after the interview or if you interview is progressed further.

“How much will I be paid?”

It is best not to discuss compensation until you are offered a position. Even if you are flexible on salary, do not ask this question on a first interview. If you know that you will refuse a position that pays less than a certain amount, you can and should state your desired salary in your cover letter or to the Recruiter when putting you forward for positions.

“When will I get promoted?”

Asking this question comes across as if you are not interested in the position at hand and already are wanting something better. If you want to know if there is room for progression, then you can ask “what are some of the opportunities for growth within the company?”. This question shows you already are looking for a future within this company and are focused to grow and develop within it.

“How many hours do I have to work?” Or” Do I have to work weekends?”

These questions imply that you want to work as little as possible and would not be committed to putting full effort into the role. A better question to find out more about your working hours would be “What is a typical workday in this role like?”  

The aim is to portray your questions in a way that makes you come across as a dedicated and reliable candidate that is interested in the role and working for the company.