5 Questions Not to Ask at a Job Interview

Posted: 09/18/14 | Category: Interviewing

A job interview isn’t an open forum to speak your mind. Certain questions will scare away hiring managers even if you’ve impressed them thus far. To keep yourself in the running for a new job, always avoid asking these questions.

1.) What does your company do? It suggests you aren’t serious about the position. Employers want to hire someone who clearly cares and willingly puts time into preliminary research. Candidates who don’t cast themselves in a bad light from the start.

2.) What salary can I expect? Employers know money is important. However, they don’t want to hire someone who will be easily lured away with a minor boost in salary. Instead, wait until salary is mentioned by the hiring manager. That way, you’ve already had a chance to prove your value and align with the company in advance.

3.) How much vacation time will I get? Never be this straight forward when asking about perks. Often, you can find out what extra benefits the company provides by asking, “Why do people love working here?” That gives the hiring manager to run the gamut and answer several of your questions at once.

4.) What’s the hardest part about working here? It’s an okay question that just needs rephrasing. You don’t want to make it sound like you’ll back down from challenges of a certain caliber. Instead, ask questions like “what type of challenges can I expect to face here?” or “how do people describe your office?”

5.) Why did your last employee leave? No one wants to go into a bad office environment. However, these types of questions are better left unasked. If you want to eliminate incompatible office environments before you accept an offer, take a look at Glassdoor or similar websites. You can get honest reviews from current and former employees. However, take older reviewers and the most extreme critiques with a grain of salt.

On a final note:

There other things that can otherwise hurt your high chances at a job. Make sure that you always prepare questions and response before an interview. That way, you say exactly what you want to say without offending anyone.

by James Walsh

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