Tej Kohli's 7 Interview Questions That Makes Interviewers Flinch!
Topic: Interview Tips
Tej Kohli brings you the 7 interview questions that makes interviewers cringe and probably want to show you that exit door! Read on...
You're going for a job interview and you've probably prepared your answers to a variety of questions you think interviewer might ask, which is of course good! But have you spent equal time or even half of it considering the questions you want to ask your prospective employer? What you ask your interviewer reflects your interest in the job besides your work ethics. So, if you want to keep your interviewer from cringing, and possibly raising a question on your suitability for the job, try avoiding these seven fateful questions:
1. What does your company do?
While there is no doubt that interview is a two way communication process where both parties can know one another. Yet how can you establish that you are the “right” person for the job, when you don't even know about the nature of work of the company. Before going for an interview, make sure that you have some background about the company in question. Researching about the company is your homework, so don't waste interviewer's time by having him repeat what you could have learned from the company's website.
2. How much does the job pay?
Although this may be an answer you'd kill for, seeking this information at this stage can make you look like jumping the gun. This question not only sends a wrong message but also leaves a bad first impression on your potential employer. Its better to do some research and see what other similar jobs are fetching in the market. Or you could also leave this question to surface at the later stages in the interview process.
3. What are the working hours?
In today's competitive world, no company wants an employee that's a clock watcher. Asking this question may raise a question on your work ethic. Again, you may save this question to be asked in the later stages of job interview process.
4. How many sick leaves do I get?
Asking this question in your first interview will force your prospective employer to doubt your motivation or maybe your health. You'd be better off looking this up in the employee handbook later.
5. How much time do I get off?
Just like question 3 and 4, this question can make the interviewer wonder whether the applicant is more interested in escaping the work than contributing to it.
6. If I'm hired, when can I start applying for other internal openings?
What crosses the interviewer's mind up on hearing this question? Definitely not something good. This question leaves an impression that you're not interested in the job being offered, instead you just want an entry into the company. Of course, everyone has higher aspirations than the position he is applying for, but keep in mind that the company is looking for the ideal candidate for the present role, not the future.
7. Do you make background checks?
Why on earth would anybody on earth ask this question unless he or she has something to hide. But if you do, the interviewer would definitely show you the exit door.
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Posted by Street Reporter
at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 22 September 2010 5:46 AM EDT