15 Worst Questions to Ask a Potential Employer

worst-interview-questionsDuring a job interview, recruiters expect interviewees to ask questions. While it’s important to find out the information you need, the questions you ask are also revealing. Interviewers will use the questions you ask to determine how much candidates want the position.

The best questions to ask when you are interviewing for a job are open-ended and show that you’re eager to contribute. The worst can imply that you are looking to avoid work, self-interested, unprepared or engaged in illegal activities. A bad question can be a red flag to a potential employer.

Here are 15 example questions to avoid:

1. How many days off will I get?

2. What does this company do?

3. Do I actually have to be sick to take a sick day?

4. How long does it take to get a raise?

5. Can I leave early if I finish all my work?

6. Will anyone mind if I’m late?

7. What is the drug abuse policy?

8. Can I bring my pet to the office?

9. How long can I take for lunch?

10. How much money do I get in my expense account?

11. How soon before I can change my schedule?

12. What are your psychiatric benefits?

13. Do I have to do work on the weekends?

14. How many warnings do you get before getting fired?

15. How many people have you fired?

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6 Responses to “15 Worst Questions to Ask a Potential Employer”

  1. M. Prankster says:

    I recently asked a prospective employer what are your hours, meaning what are your business hours. The boss said no one had ever asked that before, which I thought was strange.

  2. Nancyb says:

    These are great pointers! I’d cross ANYBODY off my list if they asked any of them!

  3. Michael Gratton says:

    “What are your psychiatric benefits?”

    What is wrong with this? Is it wrong to ask what your physical illness benefits are? Health insurance? Dental plans? If not, why is it to ask about mental illness?

    It is precisely attitudes like this that maintain the social stigma surrounding what is a very common, normal part of life. If the employer is uncomfortable with this question then you should be uncomfortable working there.


  4. Brandi Koskie says:

    This list made me laugh. I can’t imagine someone actually asking these – I certainly wouldn’t hire them.

    Two arguments though:

    1) Depending on where you work, I think the pet question is fair. A lot of companies are becoming open to having pets in house. It’s great for morale! At my first job out of college, granted about a year after I started, I began taking my dog and four years later they company still has a pets welcome policy.

    2) Re: asking how many people they’ve fired, I also think this is a fair question. While it might say a lot about you, it speaks volumes for the person interviewing you. It’s just as important to use the interview as an introduction to the person you’ll be working for as it is for them to get to know you. If the person has a high tendency to let people go, I’d consider working elsewhere.

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