What to avoid when answering ‘do you have any questions for me?’
Not having any questions prepared
Not having any interview questions to ask an employer is a huge red flag – because it indicates that you either don’t care about the job, or that you failed to properly prepare for the interview.
You should always have a minimum of 4 or 5 ready to go, in case the interviewer asks ‘do you have any questions for me?’.
If you think up a great question during the course of the interview then go ahead and ask it, but having a few prepared beforehand will leave you with enough to ask even if some are already addressed.
Plus, having a few questions in your locker will ensure that you feel fully prepared – and give you the confidence to ace your interview.
For more tips on how to prepare for an interview, take a look at our job interview checklist.
Asking the wrong questions
Asking presumptuous, overly personal or vague interview questions is a big no-no.
As a general rule, avoid asking interview questions that make you sound like you think you’ve already got the job – like “when can I take time off?” or “where will I be sitting?”
Also make sure you avoid anything that makes you sound as if you’re disinterested in the role or haven’t done your research – like “what does the company do?” or “what is your job?”
Not listening to their answer
It seems like asking an interview question should be a lot easier than answering one, doesn’t it? Well in a high-pressure situation, probably not.
When you’re sat in an interview, it’s tempting to take a breather and zone out while the interviewer answers your questions – but it’s really important to try to listen to their answers.
The employer will be able to tell if you are not listening to their answer – plus, if you have asked questions you actually want to know the answer to then you should actually be interested in hearing what they have to say.
Their answers will offer valuable insight into the nature of the job, and you don’t want to end up repeating yourself later on!
It pays to listen and really take in what the employer is saying.
Asking too many questions
You don’t want to sound like a robot firing off a long list of questions, and you need to be careful not to ramble in an interview.
Instead, choose 4-6 really good questions that you are genuinely interested in finding out the answer for.
The opportunity to ask questions at the end can be the make or break of your graduate interview – so use it to your advantage and prepare the best questions you can.