As a retiree looking for that perfect retirement gig or the start of a well anticipated encore career, getting the interview is both exciting and nerve-wracking. However in your excitement there are Retiree Interview Questions To Never Ask. Even when your brain might think you have been given the green light. Given the go-ahead when the interviewer asks you, “do you have any questions for me”.
3 Basic Retiree Interview Questions To Never Ask
Will I be required to work Weekends, Evenings, or Holidays?
After working for years and finally retiring this question is a super important one running around in your head. You are going in as the new person. Who knows what kind of “last one hired low seniority” shift and schedule you might get. Especially if it wasn’t discussed in the interview or job ad. The interview is not the time to ask about it. It sends a powerful message to the interviewers. A message you don’t want them to get. That message is you might not really want to work and particularly work for them.
It won’t matter what your motives are. To them they just think that you are more concerned with yourself. Not for the company and department’s productivity or business needs.
It may be true. As a retiree you are about yourself now. Being picky and choosing work more aligned with your passions and interests. But at least give them the illusion that you are another desperate employee. Let them think you are willing to do anything for this job.
The time to ask these questions is at job offer time. Or day-one on the job if HR doesn’t know when you get the offer. Not during the interview. If the schedule is more than you want to endure then decline the job offer, try it out for a while to see if it will work for you, or use the experience as a stepping stone to your next better suited adventure.
What kind of vacation benefits and perks do you have?
During the interview they will tell you what they want to tell you. You do not want to ask any questions directly about vacation, benefits, or employee perks. They will say more if they are looking to hire you to make you want to choose them. Wait until you are offered a job by HR or the hiring manager after they have made their decision to bring you on-board.
Vacation in some companies is part of the negotiations along with salary. Wait until you have been hired and signing employment papers before asking. Much of this stuff can be researched online about the company in general or through Glassdoor.com if the company is big enough to be listed there.
You may find out a little something by just asking them “What is it that you like about working here?”
Will you be googling my name?
You would think this is a silly thing for someone who retired early and is now looking for that dream opportunity to ask. But having embarrassing or politically incorrect freewheeling online postings associated to your name isn’t limited to the very young. Just by asking you are acting like you are guilty of something along these lines.
Either it is an open invitation for them to now look whether they had intentions to before or they may just decide you have issues and drop your candidacy. If you have stuff that you think conservative business folk may not appreciate as one of their new employees being associated to them. Then you better get your online cloud profile cleaned up. Try to block what you can from public viewing as much as possible before you retire and before you start looking for your encore career. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, whatever you are into to.
The Bottom Line
I am sure there are more than just these three bad questions to stay clear of that are along the same lines and could be added to the list of Retiree Interview Questions To Never Ask. What I hope these examples give you is an idea of how some simple curiosities revealed verbally in the form of a question during a job interview would be devastating to your hiring chances.