What NOT to ask when you attend a job interview

You’ve been invited to a job interview and of course you want to make a good impression. So to help you along, here are some questions you might want to steer clear of asking your potential new employer!

What’s my holiday entitlement?

Asking how much time off you can have before you’ve even secured the role might ring alarm bells for the interviewer. At this stage focus on what you can offer the employer, not your own free time.

What’s the salary?

If the salary was not on the job advert to begin with, make sure to ask this question when you are initially contacted about the position and use the interview to showcase your skills and experience. This way, neither you or the interviewer waste each other’s time when it’s not right from the start.

What does your company do?

Avoid asking things you should already know. Ideally you’ve done some research on the company beforehand, it shows you’re interested and have taken the time to learn more about them.


Refrain from asking questions that start with ‘why’. It can automatically make people defensive. For example, instead of saying, ‘Why did you make redundancies last year?’, try re-phrasing it to sound less accusative, instead saying ‘I heard about the redundancies last year, does the business have a plan going forward?’

How quickly can I get promoted?

It shows you have no real interest in the position you are interviewing for and might not stay long in the role.

Did I get the job?

This question can put the interviewer on the spot and make them feel uncomfortable, so instead ask when you can expect to hear from them.

Can I add you on Facebook?

No matter how great a rapport you’ve struck up during the interview, the interviewer is not your new best friend. Stay professional and avoid getting overly familiar and too personal.

If you’re after inspiration on what you should be asking during an interview, check out ‘The 10 best questions to ask at the end of an interview”.

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