interview technique

interview technique

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?

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Best Questions to Ask During a Job Interview

questions-for-job-interviewDuring every job interview, after your potential employer has asked about your educational background, your interest in the company and your related experience, the conversation shifts. He or she will want to know if you have any questions to ask. This is not a moment you should dread, but you should be prepared. Don’t ask anything just fill the silence. The worst questions can make you look selfish or like you haven’t done your research.

The key to asking good questions during a job interview is to show that you have your future employer’s interests at heart. Here’s a list of five great questions to ask, from Forbes.

Questions to ask:

1. How would you describe the ideal candidate?

Not only does will this question show that you want to know how you can contribute to the company, it will also give you an idea of how good your prospects are for getting the job.

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Potential Employers Think Less of Drinking Candidates

wine-interviewWhen it comes to interviews, there’s a generally held belief that emulating your future boss is a good idea. For example, stay standing until they sit. If your interview is in a cafe or restaurant setting, order something comparable to what your interviewer orders. But there’s one big exception to this rule: alcohol. Even if your potential employer orders an alcoholic beverage first.

New research conducted by Scott Rick from University of Michigan and Maurice E. Schweitzer University of Pennsylvania shows that people perceive you as less intelligent when you drink, even if they are drinking also. Their finding are published in a paper titled “The Imbibing Idiot Bias: Merely Holding an Alcoholic Beverage Can be Hazardous to Your (Perceived) Intelligence.” They simulated interviews and then asked observers to comment on them. Even with the dialogue unchanged, observers found anyone holding an alcoholic beverage less intelligent. If the conversation was a job interview, they found drinkers to seem less hirable. They found that the bias applied to drinkers of both beer and wine, and was unchanged by the gender of the drinker.

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