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Job interviews take place very often. Many a jobless graduate will reach that stage but then fail to pass and get the job. It is important to note that when a person gets an interview with the potential employer, they are being given a chance to ‘pitch’, so to speak, in order to win the investment of being employed.

I know there are many websites that offer information on how to answer interview questions, the most common types and whatnot. You can find the most frequently asked interview questions on my 10 most asked interview questions.

However, I wanted to highlight the importance of the final stage of the interview. So the interviewer has asked you many questions, some easy , some tricky and you have answered everything in the best way you could. Now its your turn to ask the questions and this is where many jobless graduates get caught out. Believe it or not, when it comes to job interviews, there is such a thing as a ‘bad question’ and, just like your answers, these need to be carefully thought through. 

Here is a list of questions you should probably avoid asking:

1 – Is there a probationary period?

This is question will backfire so quickly, you wouldn’t know that you probably lost your chance at getting the job then and there. Why? Simple. If you have any clue about getting employment, then you will know that every workplace has a probationary period where you will be observed and tested to see if you can really do the job. Its not like you will join and immediately sign a contract and begin earning. Some people lie and others exaggerate when talking about their skills, so what better way for them to back up what they said in the interview with a trial period. Don’t ask this, since the answer will always be ‘Yes’

2 – What is the nearest public transport

Again, a big no no. Basically you are showing the employer that you cannot even do a bit of simple research like finding out how to get to work, or what buses, trains, trams go to the area. How will they trust you with important projects if you can’t even google your way to work?

3 – Can I work from home?

While working from home may be possible for some jobs, it is more than likely it will never happen. Employers want you under their watchful eyes if they are paying your salary. They want to know how you perform, what you offer the company and if they can trust you. Maybe after a few years, when you have shown loyalty and consistence in the quality of your work working from home might become a possibility.

4 – How often do we get paid?

Anything related to salary, apart from how much the remuneration for the position actually is (which should be advertised when you applied for the job) is best left to when you get the job offer. Money is important to everyone and employers know this, but there is no need to be hasty with this type of question. You are given a chance to refuse the job offer if the salary is too low anyway, so what are you worried about?

5- Do you get any bonuses or amenities as an employee?

This fits in almost the same as above. Remember, when asking the interviewer questions, they want to hear something challenging about the position you are applying for, or the company not self-centered questions that show you are thinking far ahead and about your pockets.