Times are tough (and apparently, my writing is pretty cliche).
Many are in the marketplace looking for employment, scouring the internet, sending out applications, and hopefully getting interviews.
But what do you do when you get to the interview?
I’m going to give you five questions that you should NOT, I repeat, absolutely should NOT, ask during an interview:
1. I’ve never really heard of your company. What is it you guys do, exactly??
Might be a good idea to come in prepared with the research already completed on your prospective employer. At least it would have been a prospective employer, had you not botched the interview with this question.
2. Hmm, I noticed you have eleven paid holidays. Is there any chance you might change that to twelve??
You might want to ask that question, and stand up to leave at the same time … right before the interviewer shows you the door. Woops!
3. How long is lunch? I usually take two hours.
Lunch may be the least of your worries at this point. Plan on taking lunch for as long as you’d like after that interview question, because you probably aren’t going to be employed any time soon.
4. That’s great that you have a 401k plan with company match. I notice it’s only up to 5% of your salary. Is there any way you could match it up to 10%, I’m a little behind on saving for retirement?? You understand, right?
I know, it shows that you’re interested in saving for the future, but your employer may see it as you being greedy for more.
5. I just have one minor infraction on my record. Is there any way we can work around that ‘breaking and entering’ felony??
You can probably just head to the exit at that point. Unless of course, the company is in fact hiring ‘breaking and entering’ felons during this round of interviews.
6. I’m throwing in a bonus question: You look at the interviewer who is a 25 year old hiring manager. Are you even old enough to work in your position??
Ah, age discrimination at its finest. And that one goes both ways – against young and old alike. You may not think the person is old enough for that position, but he or she is old enough to scratch your name off the list of people being hired!
What silly questions have you heard while interviewing?
If you can admit it, what silly questions have you asked in an interview?