Don’t Ask Your Interviewers These 5 Questions


Job interviews are often stressful- but the source of the stress is just one question – and no, it’s not “Will I get the job?”.

Employers expect prospective employees to be curious about the company. So they will ask you, “Do you have any questions?”. Do you research, read up content about things that the HR and recruiters write about asking the perfect question- But never, Never, ask these 5 questions-

1. What Are the Benefits/Package of This Job?

Of course, we’re all looking for monetary gratifications from the upcoming jobs. However, by throwing this question at the interviewer at this crucial juncture, you may just be telling him: “Yes, I am money-minded”, which is not the best impression you’d want to form. What should matter to you is that the job role is worthy. Greedy interviewees are seldom hired- and you don’t want to fall in that category.

2. Will I Get the Option to Telecommute?

If your job profile talks of teamwork, then this question raise a brow considering your ability to work with teams. Telecommute is a facility offered to employees after they’ve proven their worth. The question by itself becomes pointless then- you’re asking a question that is likely to be answered in the negative. Maintain a positive interview atmosphere and drop this question from your list.

3. Why Did the Last Person on This Job Leave?

‘How does it make a difference’ is a question that you need to ask yourself first. It does not effect the expectations that the employer will have from you. Project self-confidence. Offer to do such good work that they forget all the previous people in this job. Ask questions that tell you why this is the job you need to stay in and the company finds it mutually beneficial to hire you.

4. What Sort of Flextime Options Can I Expect?

You need to show the interviewer that you would burn the midnight oil if needed. This question simply paints a picture that you’d rather relax than work for them. If you were applying for the post of a mystery guest in a hotel, then maybe the question would be just right. However, you aren’t applying for a vacation. You are applying for a job. So shed that lethargic image you will build by asking this question. That perception significantly dents your chances of getting hired.

5. Is It Necessary to Ask Questions?

Do not come across as disinterested by not asking any question at all. Ask questions regarding the challenges the company is facing and how you can help deal with some of them in your position, were you to get the job. Your questions should be sharp. Be attentive. The questions you ask must show how attentive you were during the interview, how keen you are for the job, and how much you have thought about it.

In a job interview, the employers are looking for someone who is good at what the job requires, has the personal qualities needed to gel well with the team, and will stick for the long run. The answers you give, and the questions you ask must convince them. The job is then all yours. Now go ahead, ace that interview!

Rahul Malhotra
Rahul is the Co-Founder and CEO at HeadHonchos.
He has close to 14 years of experience across the executive search, recruitment, retail and internet verticals. One of the first to come on board, he holds an MBA degree from IMI, Belgium and a Diploma in Information Technology from Swinburne, Australia

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