Questions You Shouldn’t Ask During Job Interviews

It’s the job interview question you can confidently predict will be there: “Do you have any questions for us?” Yet that doesn’t stop people producing some absolute clangers.

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Staffing firm Robert Half surveyed 650 US and Canadian HR managers and asked them for the “most bizarre” responses offered when interviewees were asked if they had any questions. As Business Insider reports, the more ridiculous options included:

  • “Would you consider going on a date with me?”
  • “Do you want to take a ride in my new car?”
  • “What colour is the paint in this office?”
  • “Can my husband finish this test for me?”
  • “Is the boss single?”

The list also included a number of questions which actually aren’t “bizarre”, but perhaps need to be phrased more carefully:

  • “Do I have to be at work every day?”
  • “How soon can I take my first vacation?”
  • “Do you allow midday naps?”
  • “How much time do I have to put in?”

Especially if your skills are in demand (a common scenario in tech), it’s entirely fair to establish what the existing workplace practices are in terms of flexible hours, working from home, holiday policies, and how people are rostered on to help with emergencies. Just don’t say it in a way that implies you want to work minimal hours, which most of these versions imply.

The Most Ridiculous Things People Did In Job Interviews This Past Year [Business Insider]

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