Watch out the Banana Skins
Have you ever felt that a question you asked got a stern look during an interview?
Over a period of seven years coaching people for interviews and doing interviews myself I am sharing with you some no-nos.
1-Don't ask what the company you plan to work for does
You should know and have a sound interest in what 'they' do. No company is stealth enough not to have such information online. Google it before you go.
2-Don't ask for the pay amount upfront.
Perhaps in the second interview is fine, but a rock solid time saving no-nonsense way to know, is to state your expected salary in your CV. At the end of the day you show your assertiveness and if the employer does not 'like' your expectations better avoid the hassle of false hopes.
3-Same goes for the working time
Especially if you mention you have private priorities. It sounds assertive but in most cases it is understood as - he or she is more interested in getting out fast from here than anything else.
4-Is it a tough job?
Yes it is. Assume that the job is tough and you can make it. Ask if it is will be taken to mean that you are looking for the easy way out. So beware of asking this fourth question.
5-What is my sick leave entitlement?
Hmm ok it is your right but you can easily find it out from your Social Security Department's freephone. Asking it or the holiday leave entitlement would indicate that you intent to partake in the 'sick' leave cake.
Question to ask and which makes sense are pretty much all the rest but always look at it from the employer point of view before you blurt it out.
Think thrice before you play the dice
Managing Director and Chief Programmes Officer based in Malta and an avid entrepreneur who likes sharing his expertise in various fields with people from all walks of life.
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