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Six Questions not to ask in a job interview

Updated on March 4, 2013

It's all about the employer

In a job interview an employer's main question is: Why should I hire you? Your answer? Because I have the qualifications you are looking for. In fact, I meet and exceed these and can add value to your organizastion. Each answer you give needs to reflect this fact. It's all about the employer, and your fit for the postion. Now, it's OK to also ask the employer some questions that clarify the position and information about the company's future goals, but watch out! All too often, job seekers slide into self centredness and forget why they're there. This is a major turnoff to the employer. So, here are some questions you abolutely should not ask in an interview.

1. So, what exactly does your company do? If you have to ask this question, you really should not get the job. You need to come ready to work, and not knowing what business the employer is in means that you didn't do your homework and that you don't care. Game over!

2. The job description mentions weekend work. Would I actually have to do that? Anything that smacks of a grudging attitude, or a poor work ethic or self centeredness is a major turn off to anyone who is considering to hire you. Not all jobs are 9-5. Decide beforehand if you aren't available if there is weekend work.


3. What does the company consider to be a reasonable absenteeism record? So you just want to collect a paycheque and not show up? Next!

4. How many sick days a year do I get? This is another self-absorbed phrase that reveals a poor work ethic.

5. May I dress more casually from time to time? Why not wait for the employer to hire you and then tell you about things such as casual Fridays.

6. Would anyone notice if I came in a little late due to missing the bus? Again, this is putting the cart before the horse and will also plant an idea in the employer's mind that you are not reliable.

To sum up...

Be sure you are focusing on the employer's needs. It's a tough market, and you need to constantly remind yourself that you are there to solve the employer's problems and tell them what you can do for them. If you do that successfully, then you will not have to ask self centered questions in a job interview.

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