What have you heard a great candidate ask during an interview that cost him/her the job? If you are actively looking for job, you may find it helpful to review these questions hiring managers do not want to hear, but candidates often ask them.
Quora recently posted the following question and published a great article on it: What have you heard a great candidate ask during an interview that made him or her lose the job? It points to one thing – showing commitment to a role and passion.
Here are top 11 questions hiring managers don’t ever want to hear during an interview. These are also known as “red flags” in the hiring community.
Questions that show “You actually don’t really want this job”
** We don’t actually need to [insert applicable task or duty listed in job description] often in this role, do we?
** How quickly is it possible to receive a promotion in this role? [Insert entry-level job title] is actually not what I’m qualified for, I’m more well fitted for [insert mid-level job you want].
** If I feel that [insert crucial task listed in job description] is not a priority, can I pass that work onto someone else in this role?
** Can I work part time or work from home? [when the work needs to be done on-site]
Questions that show you didn’t look the company up … at all
** If I assume [insert incorrect assumption A], then that means this job would entail [insert long description that has nothing to do with the job, company, and in some cases industry?].
** I read an article about [insert competitor name] and I see that your company is doing this new initiative [that the company is not doing, because the candidate is talking about the competition]. How would that impact my job?
Questions that highlight your last job’s qualifications are very different than what this job needs.
** At my last job, I didn’t enjoy doing [task that is the reason the interviewer called them in], how much of my workday will be spent doing this task?
** I worked with a budget of [10 times the budget they will get at their new role] and I found that more was needed. How much priority do you give to [insert job function that will drain all cash from the department and render low ROI].
The “I want to name-drop because I think it will make me look smarter or savvier than the other candidates” questions
** How does your company work with [buzzword that is irrelevant to this role]?
** I noticed that your CEO [insert wrong CEO, mis-pronounce CEO’s name or simply don’t know the CEO’s name] is doing [anything, because at this point the interviewer has stopped listening so we will never find out the end to this question]?
The “if I keep talking and say hip things, then nobody will realize this isn’t a question” Question
** My main focus has been [insert theoretical concept], and with the [insert buzzword that doesn’t apply], and [another buzzword] that is common in [insert large geographical area that is not specific], what would be options be for [buzzword] in [buzzword] and for [insert flashy conference that the company has no intention of this role attending], will this role allow me to [insert pretentious action]?
The point: Preparation is the key. Prepare as much as possible prior to your job interview. Research the company, the job function, and all you should know. Dress neat. Statistics show that hiring managers form an impression of you within the first seven seconds of the interview . So please, –Prepare, prepare, prepare, and never go for an interview late!
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