An interview is a very integral part of the hiring process. Perhaps even more important than the resume, a successful interview can almost guarantee you the job. As significant as it is, not everyone is aware of the do’s and don’ts of an interview. There are questions that are acceptable and others that are not.
An interview should be conducted like a professional meeting between new acquaintances. It should be pleasant and without time constrictions. When you leave the interview, the person or persons you met with should be left with a good impression. Either they’ve already made the decision to hire you, or at the very least, strongly consider you for the role.
Recently, Business.com coined the following question as the worst one to ask during an interview: Based on what we’ve discussed today, is there any reason you wouldn’t consider me for this position? Even typing this question makes me cringe. A question like this is bound to leave an unsavory impression on your interviewer because you’re putting that individual on the spot and creating an atmosphere of discomfort. A quick tip for getting noticed is to send a personalized email to your interviewer afterward.
This question is only one of the many interview question faux-pas. Here are a few more no-no’s, courtesy of Job-Hunt:
- I prefer working from my home. How often would you expect me to be here?
- How quickly can I get promoted?
- What does the person in this job do?
- What are the requirements of the job?
- What does this company do?
- How old is this company?
- Do you check references?
- Do you conduct background checks before hiring someone?
- Is passing a drug test required to be hired?
While most of these questions are essential to the overall hiring process, there are better ways to phrase them. For example, asking things like “what does this company do” or “how old is this company,” is an immediate indicator that you neglected to research the company before your interview. Conducting some pre-interview research is a must. It shows that you care about your prospective employer and are willing to dedicate the time to
Don’t focus on questions involving background checks or drug tests. Companies reserve the right to conduct background and/or drug tests and will always advise if they plan on doing so. Reference checks are also a common practice among employers. If you think that these procedures will hurt your chances of being hired, I suggest trying to rectify these issues prior to your job searching. Be transparent and take ownership of any prior blunders. An employer would much rather hear you explain the situation yourself, rather than finding out down the road that you lied.
For some, interviewing for a new job can seem scary. It’s important not to psyche yourself out. If you can walk into an interview with friendly confidence and basic knowledge of the company, you’ll be okay. Make sure you do the research prior and that you are doing what you can to create a comfortable environment for the both of you.