Employers uncover the worst questions to ask in a job interview

Right up there with going to the dentist and sitting an exam has to be the great tradition of going for a job interview.

You sit there, and are asked probing questions by someone you’ve never met, trying hard to impress them and make them think you’re the perfect person for the job, while hoping they haven’t noticed how sweaty your armpits are.

But if you are one of those unfortunate candidates who never quite manages to get that elusive job offer, you probably wonder what it is you could be doing wrong?

Video interview company Shortlister carried out a national survey of 2600 employers and prospective candidates. They found that Brits said they spent around 30 minutes on average researching a company before an interview, and 38.4% of potential employees say they often forget some of the questions they want to ask in an interview.

Adding to this, employers were quizzed as to the worst questions candidates could ask in an interview. Over a quarter of employers said that they would be put off by a candidate during an interview if they asked an inappropriate question. The survey uncovered the five worst questions you can ask, according to employers:

“How many sick days do I get?” Which, frankly, smacks of a candidate wanting to skive off.

“Can I work from home?” This question may give employers the impression the candidate isn’t totally committed to the job.

“Will I have to work overtime?” Could come across like an unwillingness to have to do so.

This old chestnut: “What is the salary?” Is a classic that some may assume is necessary to ask but can seem like too much emphasis is being placed on your earnings.

The question: “What does your company do?” Is a dead giveaway that the interviewee hasn’t done their research for the role.

On the other hand, job seekers who do their research and asked the right questions at interview found many employers failed to provide feedback on how they did. Feedback from a company after they’ve interviewed a candidate isn’t necessarily a priority, or even a given – but you should always ask, this way you’ll know where you went wrong, or what you did well.

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