Asking questions at job interviews is extremely important. It shows you have lots of interest in the company. It shows that you are an inquisitive person. It shows that you have intelligence. It shows that you are looking for a company that suits your needs, just as you need to suit there’s. In fact download our FREE eBook – 20 Questions You Should Ask at Your Interview when you get a chance and make sure you are well prepared.
And you definitely need to be well prepared because there are in fact such things as stupid questions. You can easily ask a question that harms your chances of getting the job, such as:
- So what is it you guys do?
- Where can I find out if that secretary is single?
- Would I get fired if I take sick leave when I’m not sick?
- What is that disgusting thing on your face?
Whilst the questions above are very obviously the wrong thing to ask sometimes what looks like a good question can actually land you in trouble. Consider first the different types of questions. Questions generally come in three categories:
- Good questions.
- Neutral questions.
- Bad questions.
Both good and neutral questions are great to ask at your job interview. Good questions will impress the interviewer and improve your chances of getting the job. Neutral questions may not impress your interviewer, but the mere fact that you asked them may still help you get the job. Bad questions, as it is implied, will harm your chances of getting the job. In general, most questions to ask at a job interview are one of these three.
Today, we would like to introduce a new category of questions – risky questions. Risky questions are, as the name implies, risky. They are questions that can benefit your interview greatly, or harm the interview depending on who is interviewing you. Because these questions are risky, we can’t advise you to ask them. It’s completely up to you. All we can do is tell you what the questions are, how they may benefit you, and how they may harm your chances.
In the next post, we’ll take a look at some risky questions and what makes them risky.
Take Away Interview Tips
- There is such thing as a bad question.
- Risky questions can have either outcome.