Asking questions is extremely important. Questions show interest in the company. Questions show that you are not simply going to take the job just because they offer it to you and that you are putting real consideration into whether or not this is a place you want to work. Questions show that you enjoy learning and you have the intelligence it takes to ask a real, interesting question…
… Sort of.
While questions are extremely useful for getting hired, this is not middle school – there are such things as “stupid questions.” Your questions need to give the employer confidence that if they hire you they are in for a treat. Over the next few days, we will show you examples of questions that do the exact opposite.
Bad Questions to Ask at the Job Interview:
Question: “Does your company offer maternity leave?”
Interviewer Hears: “Within the next year, I am going to have to take at least 3 to 6 months off in order to raise a child, and when I get back I am going to be extremely tired, grumpy, moody and talking about my ugly baby all the time. Hire me so that I can leave and you still have to pay me.”
Question: “Does your company offer telecommuting?”
Interviewer Hears: “Even though I have not yet toured the office, I am confident that there is no way I am going to like the environment here. I would much rather work at home where I can watch marathons of Phineas and Ferb while surfing the Internet for my exes.”
Question: “What is the dress code for your company?”
Interviewer Hears: “Can I show up wearing a stained AC/DC t-shirt and jeans I bought at Goodwill only to find out they had a hole in the rear so I plugged up the hole with another pair of jeans that I ruined when I spilled beer on the crotch?”
Take Away Interview Tips
- Don’t ask questions that show you might be missing work.
- Don’t ask questions that show you are lazy or unprofessional.