Whenever you go through a job interview, this seemingly one sided affair turns out to be an opportunity for a mutual interview between the person looking to get hired and hiring manager. Not only do the people recruiting get to ask the questions, but the potential employee is extended the same courtesy to study a potential employer. This allows both parties to get a better sense of the mutual expectations and so on. But when the chance comes for you to pose your own job interview questions, you need to be careful what you ask. Some of the things on your mind may give potential employers the wrong idea. Here are the top bad job interview questions you could possibly ask. Keep in mind, these questions will most likely result in the job opportunity being withdrawn. In other words, this is a list of ways of how to not get hired. We grouped the bad job interview questions people tend to think about into 9 main groups, based on the bad vibes that each group gives off.
1. The Selfish Questions
- How soon can I get a raise?
- What exactly is the employee discount I am entitled to?
- How much do I get in other employee benefits?
- How soon can I leave on paid vacation?
You get the main idea. There are a lot of potential variations for these so called ‘selfish questions’, but what they have in common is that they all make your employer feel like you’re only there to reap off as many benefits as possible and skip the work. It’s your right to know the answer for many of these selfish questions, but first try to ask more about your potential job and its responsibilities, and only come with these other questions after you already have a month or so on the job and you’ve proven that you work well.
2. The No Previous Research Questions
- So what would I have to do on this job?
- What was the name of this position again?
- How old is this company and what does it do?
- Who is the main competitor of this company?
Before you show up for the interview, you need to make an effort to read up not only on the position you’re interviewing for, but on the company’s background as well.
3. More Interested in a Date than In the Job Questions
- So, is he or she single? (talking about another employee)
- Are all the employees here as hot as that one?
- Are all the people working here as hot as you? (this one is the worst question you could possibly ask)
All of these may seem like a funny intermezzo to you, or you may feel the need to ask one of these in order to relax the atmosphere a bit, but trust us, from all the bad job interview questions you could ask, these are the worst. They’re not just unprofessional, but downright creepy, and will get you uninvited immediately. Keep your funny side for later on, after you’ve proven yourself as an employee there.
4. More Interested in a Discount than In the Job Questions
- Is there an upper limit for how much I can buy with my employee discount?
- Can friends or family members benefit from my employee discount?
- How soon can I benefit from the employee discount and does it progress in time?
Such bad job interview questions can make you seem not only like you’re only there to pretend working in order to get the discount you want for yourself, but they may even raise suspicions that you plan to be a dealer or reseller of the company’s goods.
5. Not Interested in the Work Questions
- Do you offer paid sick leave?
- How much vacation time can I get and how soon?
- Is it ok to work from home if no one needs me at the office?
6. Not Interested in This Particular Work Questions
- How soon can I get promoted?
- Would it be alright for me to apply to this other position as soon as it becomes available?
- Does inside recruiting work here, can I be considered for this other department if I am already an employee?
We understand that the more desirable positions may be less available and thus, getting some other job inside the company makes sense as a strategy to be one step closer to the job you really want. But avoid making this clear in your first job interview, since this can give employers the vibe that you won’t do your current job properly since you have no interest in it.
7. Questions of a Potentially Difficult Employee
- I don’t like cubicals. Can I get an office with a window?
- Is it always so hot/cold/dark in here?
- What food options do you have here? Is it possible to install a new coffee maker in the corner? Could the cafeteria start serving vegan meals? (etc.)
- Are there a lot of rules about what I can wear to work?
- I don’t like this type of computer/ laptop. Can I get a different model to work on?
- Is it alright to arrive late / leave early / work from home as long as my work is done and no one needs me around?
8. Questions of Someone with Something to Hide
- Do you really check the references in the resumes?
- Do you need to do background checks on employees?
- Do I have to pass a drug test before getting hired or afterwards? (If so, how often?)
- Do you offer paid parental leave?
9. Questions of Someone Planning to Not Really Work
- Do I need a doctor’s note to take a sick day? Really every time?
- Do you monitor the activity of employees with security cameras?
- How long do I need to work before taking paid sick leave or paid vacation leave?
- Do you monitor the use of the computer and the email on the computer I’ll be using?
- How will you check my work? What will you be looking for? How often?
- Do you keep a close watch on the times of arrival and leave for your employees?
Before going to an interview, bear in mind to avoid any of these bad job interview questions and keep them for later on. Some of your curiosities may even be answered by default as you spend more time in the company and simply notice how things go. Just read up on the job and the company before you go to the interview, and prepare yourself by reading some online advice on the top interview questions and answers (on questions asked by the person conducting the interview). Do your best to seem like you are genuinely interested in the job you’re being offered and avoid joking too much. There will be plenty of time to seem funny or find out more about your benefits later on.