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Interview Questions You Never Want to Ask at the Interview!

April 23rd, 2013

It’s happened to all job seekers at some point or another. The recruiter asks at the end of the interview if the candidate has any questions, and the candidate immediately puts his foot in his mouth with a bad question. This can occur for a couple of reasons. One, the candidate is not prepared for the interview therefore lacks confidence. Two, the candidate is extremely nervous and this causes him to mess things up.

The good news is that you don’t have to be like the unprepared candidate. Instead you will walk into that interview with poise and the ability to ask great questions.

Here are some examples of interview questions you want to avoid at all costs when in the hot seat.

What is the salary / pay rate for the assignment? This is the number one interview question that all candidates are dying to ask. However, it’s always best for the recruiter to bring this up. Asking this question gives the impression you are just looking for money, not a career experience.

I read an article (any negative press) about the company recently, can we discuss? This is a definite no-no when it comes to interviews. You never want to bring up any negatives about a company, even if they have to do with recent layoffs or controversy. Do your research quietly and decide for yourself if the company is worth a chance, or not.

Does your company offer flextime or telecommuting? While this can be a perk offered by some companies, the option to work flexible hours or from a remote location is not something all companies are comfortable with at this time. Asking this may allude to potential personal problems you may have getting to work on time.

How often can I expect performance reviews/raises? Again, this goes back to the issue of money. By asking this question you are basically saying you will do just enough to get a good review and a pay raise. Instead, learn about this when you actually get hired.

Who is your competitor? Do your homework and learn as much as you can about the company before you arrive for an interview. No hiring manager wants to hear about a competitor and you could be placed under scrutiny by bringing one up in the interview. You could also give the impression that you are digging around for industry information to pass on to a competitor.

Can I still check my Facebook account while at work? Social networking is an everyday practice that most employers are aware of. However, the use of company computers to check your social updates is still frowned upon. The last thing you want to do is bring this up during an interview, because you’ll only end up looking like a slacker.

Rule of thumb during an interview, if you think a question is awkward or potentially harmful – just don’t ask it!

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