Why You Should Never Ask If You Got the Job Right After an Interview.
It’s good to ask a few questions at a job interview and show your interest, but there is one question you should always avoid.
At the end of an interview, your interviewer may ask you if you have any questions for them. Feel free to ask away, but Michael Kerr, business speaker and author of The Humor Advantage, suggests you avoid this particular question at all costs:
“Did I get the job?” Now is simply not the time to ask this question. Yes, it’s good to demonstrate you are enthusiastic, but there is a line that can make you appear desperate, and asking this question definitely crosses that line... Almost nobody is in a position to make a firm offer until they’ve finished interviewing everyone and have followed up on references, and asking this question reveals a lack of empathy for the interviewers’ challenges and a lack of respect and understanding for the entire interview process.
You should also avoid asking questions like “How did I do?” or “Do you have any hesitations about me?” or “Could you imagine me working here?” These types of questions put the interviewer on the spot and can easily be seen as rude. What Kerr suggests you can, and should, ask is “What’s your timeline for making a decision, and when can I expect to hear back from you?” This shows your interest without being needy or off putting.