TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - It's often said there are no bad
questions, but a new OfficeTeam survey suggests otherwise. Human resources (HR) managers were asked to
recount the most unusual or surprising question they have heard a job
seeker ask during an interview.
Here are some of their responses:
"Do I have to be at work every day?"
"Would you consider going on a date with me?"
"Do you want to take a ride in my new car?"
"What colour is the paint in this office?"
"Can my husband finish this test for me?"
"Is the boss single?"
"Do you have a job for my partner?"
"What are the women who work here like?"
"How do you think I did on the interview?"
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service
specialising in the placement of highly skilled administrative
professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is
based on telephone interviews with more than 650 HR managers at
companies with 20 or more employees in the United States and Canada.
Some professionals were most concerned about their next big "break":
"Do you allow midday naps?"
"Can I get every Tuesday off?"
"How soon can I take my first vacation?"
"Can I have three weeks off every three months to pursue my music
"How much time do I have to put in?"
"Can I have my birthday off?"
Then there were individuals who didn't think the following requests were
out of the question:
"Can I place my desk near the cafeteria?"
"Could I get a pay advance?"
"Can you help me search for an apartment?"
"Is it OK to wear shorts to work?"
"Can you help me with the employment test?"
"Can I set my own hours?"
And one job seeker clearly didn't know what he was getting himself into:
"Job seekers can set themselves apart by asking intelligent questions
about the company and the position," said Robert Hosking, executive
director of OfficeTeam. "Before interviews, candidates should
thoroughly research the employer and come up with questions that show
interest in and knowledge of the organisation."
Hosking added, "It's also useful to pose questions that will shed light
on the corporate culture and what it takes to be successful in the
role. Compensation, benefits and vacation time are often best discussed
once an employer has expressed serious intent in extending a job
OfficeTeam identifies eight questions job seekers should consider asking
While researching your firm, I learned the company recently [fill in the
blank]. How does this affect your current strategy?
Can you describe a typical workday for a person in this role?
What skills and attributes are most important for success in this role?
How would you describe the work environment here?
Why is this position open?
What is the typical career path for someone in this position?
What do you enjoy most about working here?
What are the next steps in the hiring process?
OfficeTeam is a leading staffing service specialising in the temporary
placement of highly skilled office and administrative support
professionals. The company has more than 315 locations worldwide and
offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com. Follow OfficeTeam at twitter.com/officeteam, and gain insights into the latest administrative hiring and salary
trends at www.officeteam.com/salarycentre.
For further information:
Contact: Nadia Santoli