Ten Types of Interview Questions to Avoid

By Team Hireology,
August 22, 2014

Have you ever been asked a question that made you question the person with whom you were talking to?


Let’s assume you said yes. More often than not, asking a confusing question will defeat its purpose, especially during an interview. Whether or not you’re looking for a specific response, a puzzling question can have a negative effect on both people in the conversation. They might think you’re odd and in return, that may reflect poorly on you-potentially ruining the entire interview.

Interview questions are meant to help give you a better understanding of the candidate, how qualified that person is and what he or she’s personality is like. It’s a simple process that shouldn’t be over-analyzed.

Off-the-wall questions do not only create a negative outlook from the candidate’s perspective, they also can offend a candidate or make that person feel less intelligent.

They Asked What!?

In order to avoid a bad interview, here some types of questions that you should steer clear from asking a candidate: 

  •       Do your parents view your career and aspirations as a failure?
  •       If you were stuck in a broken-down car in the middle of nowhere with a cellphone that had no dial tone, how would you go about fixing it?
  •       What do you think it would cost to rent out Madison Square Garden for a night?
  •       Do you currently have a significant other?
  •       If you could be a vegetable, what kind would you be and why?
  •       Would you consider yourself a taxi or limo person?
  •       If you were dead, what would your family and friends say about you at your funeral?
  •       If you saw a person steal a dime, would you report it to the police?
  •       How many tennis balls can fit in a dump truck? 
  •       Are you a Democrat or Republican?

Obviously, these questions are ridiculous. Even if you’re trying to evaluate a candidate’s response to an analytical question, you can still do so without wording a question as some of the aforementioned examples.

Keeping interviews simple and conversational is typically the best routine with a strong success rate. It also helps make the candidate feel more comfortable, which will most likely give you and your company a better reputation when it comes to conducting interviews. 

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