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The 20 Worst Questions to Ask an Interviewer

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These days, most job seekers know it's a good idea to ask questions of the hiring manager during an interview – as long as they're on point. Here's a look at 20 real-life examples of oddball queries candidates have posed during a job interview that you'd be wise to avoid.

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The 20 Worst Questions to Ask an Interviewer

  1. 1. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. The 20 Worst Questions to Ask an Interviewer
  2. 2. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Can my mom sit in on the interview? 2 #1: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  3. 3. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Do you mind if I stand? 3 #2: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  4. 4. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Can I choose my own hours? 4 #3: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  5. 5. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Can I have my own office? 5 #4: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  6. 6. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Can I bring my kid to work? 6 #5: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  7. 7. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Do I have to dress up? I prefer to wear shorts and flip-flops. 7 #6: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  8. 8. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Is it OK to date coworkers? 8 #7: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  9. 9. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Does the company reimburse employees for gas? 9 #8: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  10. 10. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. How many office parties do you have? 10 #9: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  11. 11. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. What are grounds for termination? 11 #10: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  12. 12. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. When will I get a raise? 12 #11: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  13. 13. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. When can I start taking time off? 13 #12: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  14. 14. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. What’s your favorite song? 14 #13: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  15. 15. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Do you believe in aliens? 15 #14: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  16. 16. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. If you could have any super power, what would it be? 16 #15: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  17. 17. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. What’s your favorite type of pie? 17 #16: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  18. 18. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Is there more than one opening? My friend needs a job. 18 #17: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  19. 19. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Can you give me a ride home? 19 #18: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  20. 20. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Can you be quiet? I have to take a call from another potential employer. 20 #19: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  21. 21. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Can you just hire me? I really need this job. 21 #20: Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives
  22. 22. © 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. For more career advice, visit creativegroup.com. 22

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