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Questions NOT to Ask in a Job Interview

Asking questions during a job interview demonstrates your knowledge and interest in the position and can also help you determine if the company is a good fit for you. However, they will only benefit you if they are the right questions. While it is expected that you will ask about certain topics during your interview, asking bad questions can be worse than asking none at all. Take some time to prepare appropriate ideas before your interview to avoid some common mistakes in this area. Consider the following to be a guide for questions to leave out of your future interviews.

Avoid Questions Regarding Salary

Questions about salary should not be broached until the employer initiates this conversation. The first interview should be focused on marketing yourself to the interviewer, rather than pushing for information about pay. It is expected that you will want fair compensation for your time and talent but an initial interview is not the time to have this discussion. It is more acceptable to negotiate salary after you have received a job
offer.

Don’t Ask Questions that Demonstrate Ignorance

As your interviewer speaks you should make note of important points either on paper or in your mind. Don’t ask the interviewer to repeat something that they have just explained to you or other questions that show you have not been listening. Also avoid questions that give the impression that you lack basic knowledge about their company or the job you are applying for. If you could have easily found the information with a fast Google search then don’t ask about it.

Stay Away from Gossip

Asking about gossip that you may have heard about the company will not create a positive impression and does not promote a professional demeanor. By focusing on negativity you will likely harm your chances of receiving a job offer from the company. An interview is not the time or place to discuss rumors regarding the company.

Don’t Ask About Promotions

This common question should be avoided during an interview. Instead of asking when you will be eligible for a promotion, it is better to ask in a way that focuses on what you have to offer to the company. Frame the question in a way that displays your enthusiasm and ambition by asking about opportunities to move forward in the organization.

Avoid Poorly Phrased Scheduling Questions

While you have a right to know your potential employer’s expectations regarding your schedule, if you word this type of question in the wrong way it can make it seem like you’re interested in getting out of the office as much as possible. The subject should only come up during a first interview if the employer asks you a direct question about it. Otherwise, save your scheduling questions until after a job offer has been extended.

Not Asking Questions at All

There are a good number of questions that should be avoided during an interview, but it also reflects poorly on you as a candidate if you don’t ask any questions. It shows the interviewer that you have a lack of interest or understanding and makes it seem as if you are willing to take any job available.

One of the most important things to keep in mind for an interview is that the process should be a two-way street. The right questions will help this serve as a beneficial and informative experience for both parties. Think of an interview as an opportunity to learn more about the position and the company so come prepared to ask some thoughtful questions. Practice and preparation is important and a solid resume can also help to promote focused and valuable conversation during your interview.

Lannette Price

Lannette Price is a senior consultant at Resume.com where she helps users build and edit their resumes online. Lannette enjoys helping job seekers perfect their resumes and find their dream job.

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