Questions NOT to Ask at Interviews

Posted on September 23rd, 2015 By Joanna Byerley No Comments

Here at Research Talent Hub’s HQ once we get you to the market research interview stage, we like to be able to give you a little helping hand so you can perform to the best of your ability. If you ever do any reading up about interview techniques you are normally advised to go into a job interview with some prepared questions to ask. The interviewer will customarily ask you at the end of an interview if you have any questions, and doing well with what you ask can be a deal breaker especially as it is usually at the end of the interview. What you say now might be how they remember you!

This week we are going to give you an insight into some of the whoppers that we’ve heard people ask, and advise you to not ask these questions at any of your future market research job interviews. Then, in a couple of week we are going to share with you some of the real winners that you can ask to really impress and get that job in market research and insight. So, if you’re reading this, remember to tune in again soon…Without any more delay, here’s our top ten of what not to ask at interviews.

1. Never ask about salary or job benefits. You will come across as more interested in what you can gain from the position rather than what you can give to it.

2. Never ask about hours, weekend work or when you can take a vacation. It will seem that your time away from work is more important to you than actually clinching this position now. If you need to ask about the kind of hours you might be expected to work ask, ‘what is a typical work day like’. To do any proper negotiation on hours or vacation time, wait until you’ve been offered the role.

3. Never ask to change the job description, title or salary. As with above, wait until you’ve been offered the position to negotiate.

4. Never ask about how quickly promotion might be possible or when you can start applying for other roles in the firm. The interviewers want to hire for this position and probably want to fill it for the foreseeable future. They might think that you are just trying to get a foot in the door with this job, which might count against you.

5. Never ask about gossip that you’ve heard. Questions along these lines will never work in your favour.

6. Never ask what happened to the last person who had this job. It maybe seen as prying and if the last person has left for bad reasons it’s not something you want associated with your interview!

7. Never ask information about the company that you could have found in a quick Google search. The interviewers will expect you to have done your research, so if you ask something that is easily available on the internet then they will think that you haven’t taken the time to properly read the company’s website or other information available on the net.

8. Never ask if the company monitors email or internet usage. As with one of our earlier points it may indicate that you have big plans to sneak in as much social planning and media as possible into your working day!

9. Never ask if you got the job. Goes without saying…

10. Never ask any of the above but never ask nothing. And don’t forget to check back in a couple of weeks for tips on the best questions to ask at market research job interviews!




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