Monday 1 July 2013

8 Questions You Should Never Ask During An Interview

The success or failure of an interview depends on a lot things. Hence, it is not just the result of how well you answer the questions, but also on the type of questions that you ask during the interview.

On reading this article, Muovo has realized the extent to which candidates need to be informed about what to ask, and what not to ask their interviewers during the interview. Some of the questions that have been, surprisingly, asked by real interviewees to their interviewers were the following:

(a) 'Do I have to be at work every day?'
(b) 'Would you consider going out with me?'
(c) 'Is the boss single?'
(d) 'Can my husband finish off this test for me?'
(e) 'Can you help search for an apartment?'
(f) 'What job is this for?'
(g) 'Can I have three weeks off every three months to pursue my music career?'

Apart from being bizarre and most peculiar, these questions are likely to ruin your chances of ever getting a good job based on an otherwise solid interview performance. Meanwhile, posing intelligent questions would show the interviewer that you are a serious candidate whilst helping you determine whether this role is really for you.

Here are some smart questions worth asking:

(1) While researching your company, I learned that [fill in the blank]. Can you tell me more about that?
Impress interviewers by making it clear you've done your homework. Learn as much as you can about the organization before your meeting

(2) What types of training and development programs do you offer?
Generally speaking, it is unwise to ask an employer what the company plans to do for you once hired; at least until the interviewer has sent signals that a job offer is likely. But bringing up training and development opportunities in an initial interview isn't the same as jumping the gun about salary, benefits or vacation time.

(3) What are some potential career paths within your company for a person starting in this position?
This question shows you're goal-oriented and career-minded. It also emphasizes your desire to grow with a company. Considering the significant amount of time, money and resources that companies invest in hiring and training new staff, it's beneficial to indicate that you're looking to stay onboard long term.

(4) Why is this job open? Some questions are less about strategically pitching yourself and more about eliciting details that shed greater light on the job and the company.

(5) What do you enjoy most about working here?
Job seekers don't always think of it this way, but an employment interview is a two-way street, and the efforts to impress should go both ways. Good interviewers will play up the advantages of working at the company, because they want to win you over.

Pay attention to how the interviewer responds to this question. Was the answer delivered quickly, with detail and enthusiasm? Or was there an awkward pause followed by a vague, tepid endorsement? Remember: Happy, satisfied employees won't have any difficulty describing what they like about their job and the overall organization.

Good luck!

Adapted from AOL Jobs

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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