What Not to Ask

10-things-you-should-never-ask-about-in-a-job-interviewWe don’t know which is worse – not asking any questions of your potential employer at the end of an interview, or asking one of these (also listed below). ☺

• What does your company do?
• What will my salary be?
• Will I have to work long hours?
• How soon can I take a vacation?
• When will I be eligible for a raise?
• How quickly could I be considered for a promotion?
• Will I have my own office?
• What happens if I don’t like the job or the people on my team?
• Will I have an expense account?
• Can you tell me about [your personal life]?
• Can I make personal calls during the day?
• Do you do background checks?
• Do you monitor emails or internet usage?
• Can I arrive early or leave late, as long as I get my work done?
• How did I do?
• Did I get the job?

What to ask instead? Any or all of these questions work quite nicely.

• What do you see ahead for this company in the next few years?
• How do you rate your competition?
• What happened to the last person who held this job?
• What were his/her strengths/weaknesses?
• What’s the structure of the company, and how does this department fit that structure?
• What are the career paths here?
• What are the most important aspects of this job, in your opinion?
• What skills do you value most for someone being hired for this position?
• Could you describe a typical day or week in this position?
• What are the most immediate challenges that need addressing in the next few months?
• What are the next steps in the interview process?

Don’t forget to ask some questions organically, inserting them into the conversation as they occur to you and when appropriate of course. Make them personal and specific to the interviewer, the position, and the company. Finally – ask the questions you really want to know the answers to. Your curiosity and sincerity will reveal your personality and help you shine in the interview.

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