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9 Things You Shouldn’t Ask At A Job Interview (For A Fresh Graduate)

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Times are hard, that’s true. Jobs are increasingly difficult to secure and it’s competitive out there, especially if you’re fresh. So if you’re called up for an interview, you should be perfectly aware that the likelihood of you landing the job rests largely on how well you answer the questions that are thrown at you. But it isn’t just all one direction; the good news is that you will be given the opportunity to ask questions too, but the bad news is that you will be judged based on how well you answer the questions. So don’t ask anything that can undermine your chances, and avoid 10 of these questions:


1. How much will you pay me?

A common mistake and question to ask. Sure, your reimbursement is a vital factor to consider when you are applying for a job because it’s only plausible, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right. Not only does it sound rude, but you will sound like a money-grabbing mercenary who has no plans to stay in the long run. There is no need to rush because a right moment will come for that question, but wait until the interviewer triggers that discussion.


2. What kind of company is this?

Another rookie mistake. Why are you even here if you don’t even know which building that you are in? It clearly means that you haven’t even done an inch of research. Your interviewer will likely show you the door as soon as you walk in.


3. Does my role involve a lot of work?

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Frankly speaking it’s not a bad question to ask, but the problem lies with how it’s phrased. By asking this it might sound like you want to slack off and you’re not ready to handle more workload. Try to rephrase the question to “what will my daily KPI be?” or “will I work closely with my colleagues to get the work done?” instead.


4. Are my working hours flexible?

Unless if you have a very legitimate reason for this, otherwise avoid asking this because it shows that you are already thinking of coming in to work as you please and your interviewer might see potential trouble with your punctuality.


5. Any questions that are negative about the company

If you know that the company is either currently facing, has faced negative issues in the past, or if you have heard some negative rumors about the company, don’t try to be too smart for your own good by bringing it up. It’s as if you’re indirectly challenging the interviewer – which may lead to them being defensive and might also paint the picture that you have no respect for the organization.


6. How many days off am I entitled to?

Everybody needs a few days off to recharge and unwind sometimes, but by asking too much about your entitlements could lead the interviewer to believe that you’re more interested about the “perks” of the job, rather than the job itself. Either ask this at a later time, when you’re confident about the job or if the interview is going well. It’s all about the timing.


7. Do you have something that is more befitting to my qualifications?

You may be a degree holder or you have countless other certificates to show, but you have to understand that you’re fresh. So it’s wrong to expect that you’ll be handled an important role because you need to start at the bottom. Not to mention this may sound like you’re unpleasant and overconfident person.


8. How quickly can I get a raise?

If you’re asking this then you’re already thinking way too far ahead. Salary increments or raises are subjective to your performance at the job and is sometimes highly dependent on the entire company’s performance as well as your own productivity, so you’ll need to justify that you deserve an increment.


9. Not asking anything at all

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Okay technically this isn’t a question, but having no question is worse than asking the brow-raising questions above. Interviewers like it when you ask questions that are related to the job because it shows that the interviewees display signs of interest and enthusiasm about the job. So don’t just nod your head and be impassively unresponsive because it’ll indicate that you’re more interested in the pay than the job. Questions like “how is the working environment like?” and “what kind of software or hardware will I be using?” are two of the questions to ask because you’re already picturing yourself in the role.