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Job Interview Questions You Should Never Ask An Employer

Updated on September 3, 2020
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Be Prepared For the Job Interview

We've all been there. The job interview has just ended. The interviewer puts his pen down, looks you in the eye and asks: "Do you have any questions for us?" If you want to get the job, you've prepared some job questions before you ever arrived at the interview. If you don't want to get the job, then try a few of these questions.

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Don't ask these questions. You'll never get a job if you ask these.

What does this company do?

Let's see, you've just gone through an entire interview in order to get a job, but you actually don't know what the company does. Unless it's some sort of top secret espionage and/or development firm, you've just essentially told the interviewer that you've done absolutely no preparation because usually a candidate will at least know a little bit about the company he's asking to hire him. That tells them you don't really care about the job or your role and after you walk out, the interviewer will put a giant red line through your name or just toss his notes in the garbage or maybe even burn your resume.


Can I put my feet up?

The interview room isn't your own personal living room. Your chair isn't your couch. And putting your feet up on the interviewer's table is going to make that person wonder whether you're a joker or just an idiot. It's one thing to be casual. It's another thing to be unprofessional. Keep your feet on the floor. And wear shoes and socks.


What's your vacation policy?

You haven't even received a job offer and already you're planning on taking a vacation. Even if you've previously scheduled a vacation, you shouldn't ask that question. You shouldn't ask anything about time off or sick time or anything like that because the interviewer is going to assume that you're more interested in taking vacations and being sick than working. That is not the impression you want to give, in case you were wondering.


How long do I need to work before I'm eligible for a raise?

Not unlike the last point, you haven't been offered the job or even worked a second and you already want to know when you can get a raise, indicating that whatever salary you might be offered, you're not satisfied with it. A company wants to hire employees that are going to be appreciative for having a job and paying them for doing it. If you're already complaining about your salary and they haven't even hired you yet, they're not going to hire you. There's no sense in having whiners around.


Why is there a dress code?

Asking this question indicates that you don't like the dress code. Sure, maybe their dress code is the most repressive, repulsive thing you've ever heard of. Maybe you have to wear an Armani suit every day. Maybe you have to spend two thousand dollars on new clothes. Maybe they require you to wear two pairs of pantyhose. Whatever it is - you don't have the job yet. Furthermore, why are you even applying and interviewing if the dress code is that big of a deal to you?


Can I eat at my desk?

There's nothing more awesome that a lazy person who eats at their desk and attracts mice and cockroaches. I mean, maybe you can spin this in a positive direction by saying that you always work through lunch to get extra stuff done and prefer to eat at your desk. However, the spin most interviewers will put on this is that you're somebody who's more concerned with shoveling food in his or her mouth than with working. Eat at home. Work at work.


Can I bring my dog to work?

The office isn't a farm nor a kennel. Even if you happen to see somebody else with a dog in the office as you walk in for your interview, save that question for after you've been offered the job and do it discreetly. Interviews are about professional questions, not dog and cat related questions and where you can park the various animals you own.


What are the rules on interoffice relationships?

So, as you were walking into the office you saw some hottie and thought to yourself you'd like a hook-up? You might want to reconsider this line of questioning. First of all, you're not even working there yet and already you're trying to bed your co-workers. You may actually have a problem. The interviewer is going to think you're crazy or hitting on him/her, so you may want to be careful. If you try to clarify your question, it's just going to get worse.


Can I take my pants off?

Unless you're auditioning to be an underwear model or it's a porn audition, taking off your pants during a regular job interview is a definite no-no. In fact, if you're actually thinking about asking if you can take your pants off, you might as well just take them off and see what happens because asking if you can take your pants off makes about as much sense as actually taking them off. It's generally a good idea during an interview to keep on all essential clothing.


Is that a roll of quarters in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Job interviews are not the time for sexual innuendo even if you're feeling nervous and just want to break the ice. This isn't a date. It's a job interview. And even during a date this is probably a bad thing to say regardless of whether you're a woman and the interviewer is a man or if you're a man and the interviewer is a man. It's just silly. And if you're a man and the interviewer is a woman, you need a course in human anatomy.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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  • wimzee profile image

    wimzee 

    9 years ago from Seattle

    Very funny post. The only place I can think of where these questions might get you hired is an adult film company...

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    Sondra 

    9 years ago from Neverland

    I totally blew my last interview when I asked if I could take my pants off. Too bad I didn't read this first - you could've saved that interview girl a LOT of embarrassment.

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    Beth Pipe 

    9 years ago from Cumbria, UK

    Good hub. I've been training interviewers and interviewees for 17 years now and am still amazed by some of the things I see and hear about - many of which I couldn't share on a family friendly site such as Hubpages. I asked one candidate why she wanted to work for us and she replied "cos my mum told me I had to get a job". We hired someone else.

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    point2make 

    9 years ago

    Good hub I enjoyed your list. Over the years I have interviewed a few hundred people and I can vouch for your choices. I am very familiar with at least 7 of your "questions" as I have been asked these, during interviews, on several occasions.

    It never ceases to amaze me that one of the most common "attributes" some people bring with them to an interview is.....attitude.

    My recommendation to all who are preparing for an interview is very simple. Be prepared, be on time, if you have common sense.....use it and perhaps the most important....be yourself!

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    Reginald Chan 

    9 years ago from Malaysia

    Well written and pretty funny. Entertaning. I can't imagine I interviewing such people. Of course, if that happens I would say "Thank you for your time. We will get in touch with you when needed". Haha! Voted funny and thanks for sharing!

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