The interview process is a weird experience. There is no official start or end to the actual meat of the interview but conventional wisdom says that the interview begins as soon as you walk through the door. However, conventional wisdom also says that there are no stupid questions which just isn’t the case in this context.
Asking questions in an interview is heavily advised because, for one, it shows you’re interested and, two, you need to know that the job fits you as much as you fit it. The hiring process is a two-way street; people often forget that!
That said, the types of questions you ask will reflect on you. Your interviewer will know if you’re just asking for the sake of looking good but will also recognise if you genuinely care.
The trick is to not give too much away about yourself. Here are six questions you should never ask the end of an interview.
1. What kind of salary are we looking at?
Hold your horses, you don’t even have the job. Salaries can always be negotiated but first you actually have to be offered to job. Assuming otherwise looks arrogant as hell.
2. What’s your stance on flexible working?
The office community hasn’t fully evolved into accepting flexible working yet. Asking about it, at least this early in the process, can translate too: “I like working from home and can sometimes be lazy”.
3. Do you check social media accounts?
Please, be more suspect. If you have to ask this, they’ve already checked your Facebook and know everything you wanted to hide from them.
4. What is the policy on termination?
Don’t put the idea of firing into their heads. By all means ask about whoever had your role previously but don’t aim their crosshair at you.
5. Are you married? Do you have kids? Are you caught up on Game of Thrones?
Trying too hard to humanise your interviewer comes across as intimidating and rude. Just keep things platonic to begin with and starting breaking that ice if you’re lucky enough to get invited back.
6. How did I do?
This puts the interviewer on the spot and comes across a little needy. If you’re desperate for feedback, wait for the result and then ask, politely, what swayed their decision.