The Worst Questions to Ask an Interviewer

By Robert Half on May 4, 2016 at 12:00pm

There are many good questions to ask an interviewer that will help you come across as smart and informed. These are not them.

They say there’s no such thing as a dumb question. Sadly, we’re not so sure. The Creative Group asked more than 400 advertising and marketing executives to share the most unusual question they have heard of an applicant posing during a job interview. Our survey respondents did not disappoint.

We trust that these real-life candidate queries will leave you asking the same thing as us: Why!?!

Oddball questions to ask an interviewer

‘Can my mom sit in on the interview?’

‘How many office parties do you have?’

‘When can I start taking time off?’

‘Do you believe in aliens?’

‘Is it OK to date coworkers?’

‘Can you be quiet? I have to take a call from another potential employer.’

Take a look at the 20 wackiest candidate questions uncovered in our research:

Smart questions to ask an interviewer

OK, so now that we’ve covered questions never to ask an interviewer, what kinds of queries should you serve up? Generally speaking, your goal should be to show interviewers that you’ve done your research and are serious about the opportunity. Here are a few questions to consider posing:

  • Why is this position open?
  • What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
  • What are the company’s short- and long-term goals? What part would I play in achieving those objectives?
  • What are the relationships like between the creative department and other areas of the company?
  • I’m extremely interested in this position. What are the next steps?

Looking for more smart questions to ask an interviewer? Check out these 15 phenomenal queries.


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