What’s the stupidest interview question?
There are no stupid questions … It’s easy to say – and unfortunately it’s also wrong. Especially in the job interview , applicants can ask a whole series of stupid questions. They don’t shock some HR managers either. However, they usually lead to rejection anyway. So if you are wondering what the stupidest question in the interview is: There is not just one, but several …
Which questions shouldn’t you ask in the interview?
At some point in every interview there is a phase in which you are asked whether you as an applicant still have any questions. Do you – always! Because you don’t just show interest. The cleverness of your queries also shows how well you have prepared for the interview and dealt with the position .
Unfortunately, where there is light, there is also shadow. And so there are pretty stupid questions applicants can ask at this point. Some of the stupidest interview questions include.
- Why did you invite me?
- When can I expect a raise at the earliest?
- When can I take vacation for the first time?
- How did you get this job?
- What do you actually do all day?
- Are my colleagues pretty?
- Is the canteen tasty?
- Will you take me now?
- Will I get the job?
The above questions are pretty stupid to cheeky. But probably no one provides them either. Hopefully!
Then there are still questions, the answers of which any applicant could easily get in advance – through a simple Internet research. These questions are also real application killers and should NEVER be asked.
Even if the conversation is conducted in a relaxed and open manner, it should not be misled. For example this:
- What do you do for a living?
- How many employees does your company have?
- How old is the company anyway?
- Do you also have branches abroad?
The questions might not be stupid – but they make applicants look like this. And terribly unprepared : homework not done, bye!
This category also includes questions that the interviewer can only answer in one way: never honestly …
- Is the working atmosphere good?
- Will my future boss be nice?
- Do I have good opportunities for promotion?
Not anymore … – You really shouldn’t ask questions of this kind.
Unfavorable questions are also so-called closed questions . In other words, those to which your counterpart would only have to answer with “Yes” or “No”. No conversation develops like this. Instead of asking: “Is your working atmosphere good?” (Answer: “Yes, of course!” – always!) You should rather ask: “What about as an employee, would I notice that your working atmosphere is as good as you describe it on your website? ”
This open question I think not only initiates an exciting conversation about satisfaction indicators. You learn much more about the employer and the person you are talking to.