The One Question you should NEVER ask in an Interview

Most of us know that in order to impress a potential employer a candidate should have at least a handful of questions prepared to ask at the conclusion of their interview. However, there is one question that should NEVER be asked… You may even have heard that there is no such thing as a stupid question. But in this case, there is.


In today’s hyper-connected world there is an expectation that every candidate will have done their homework in advance of meeting a potential employer and that, as a minimum, they should have Googled the company to find out who they are, what they do etc.


For this reason, the number one question to NEVER ask has got to be:

“So, can you tell me what your company does?”


Not only does this expose your lack of preparation but it calls into question in the potential employer’s mind whether you’ve seriously thought through the job you’re applying for and the role that you’d be playing within their organisation if successfully employed. Even though it is not realistic for an organisation to expect a candidate to commit their whole career to a single company there’s valid expectation that if you were to be offered the job you’d take it with a commitment to staying at least 18 months.

5 things to do to improve your chances of securing the job

1 – Find out the name of the client and then Google them.

Not only should you locate their website but you may even find some recent publicity about them.

2 – Visit their website and check at least their “About Us” section.

If you can try to find out more about their products and services so that you’re able to talk with confidence during the interview.

3 – Attempt to find out who their main competitors are.

You don’t necessarily want to talk about these in the interview but it would be important to know who they are so that you don’t inadvertently come across as favouring the competition’s products/services.

4 – Learn more about the role you’re applying for.

Consider the role in the context of the company’s industry and what they might expect you to know/do. Being able to use relevant examples when asked questions about your skills and experience will definitely boost your chances.

5 – Ask the recruiter.

If you’re working with a recruiter, ask them to guide you in terms of finding out as much as you can about the company and the role. It is in their interest that you’re well prepared and perform well in the interview. If you’re not sure, why not run the questions you’re planning to ask the client past the recruiter. They will be able to assist you if you’re off track.

At Khanye Staffing Solutions we believe in providing our candidates with coaching for the best possible chance of success during the interview with our clients. However, we also expect all candidates to work with us by doing their own research and preparing to the best of their ability. If you’re looking for a new opportunity we’d love to hear from you.

DMC Firewall is developed by Dean Marshall Consultancy Ltd