Interviewing for a job is stressful. Questions come at you like a verbal pop quiz, and all the while you’re trying to look your best, act your best, and answer the questions in an honest, self-promoting way, while what you say is exactly what the interviewer wants to hear. Then, you come to the part of the interview where your hopefully soon-to-be employer asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" This is a crucial time for you, and can determine whether or not you get the job. At this moment, asking the wrong questions can be detrimental. This article is going to focus on six questions you shouldn’t ask during an interview.
"Can you give me some information about your company?"
Employers prefer candidates who have done their research because, among other things, it shows initiative and implies that you make informed decisions. Asking this question shows that you just saw an employment ad and sent in your resume without doing any other research.
"How much vacation time will I get?"
This question says to the employer that whether or not you accept the position depends on how much time off they will give you. Employers want to hire people that will focus on their work, not think about taking a vacation before they even get hired for the job.
"What kind of benefits do you offer?"
Asking about benefits shows that your main focus is on what the company can do for you. You know and the employer knows that you want the job for the salary and the benefits, but the interview is about what you can bring to the company. Benefits and salary can and will be discussed once they offer you the job.
"Do you think I’m right for this position?"
This question will only make the interviewer feel awkward. The whole purpose of the interview is to find out if you’re right for the position. If they think you are, they will offer you the job. Instead, while in the interview, focus on letting them know why you’re right for the position and sell yourself. You’ll find out later if you’re right for the position.
"How long does it usually take to get promoted?"
The main problem with this question is that it says to the employer that you think promotions and raises are owed to you based solely on the amount of time you have been with the company, and not based on how well you do your work. Employers want people that come in, focus on their work, and earn their raises and promotions.
Not asking any questions at all can make it seem like you are taking a nonchalant approach to the job. An interview is meant to be a conversation — an exchange. You’re not expected to just sit there and field questions. You asking questions lets the interviewer know that you are interested in the job and you want to know all that you can before making your decision.
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