When you’re in the hot seat, there’s a good chance that your interviewer will turn the tables at some point and ask, “Do you have any questions for me?”
Whether you already faced a job interview or not, there is always something to learn about it. Sometimes you are too nervous and forget what you wanted to say, or feel the pressure and move on without asking anything.
The interviewing process can lead to an anxiety state, and the secret is to be prepared, organized, and knowing what you are there for. You need to give the best impression of yourself, and avoiding the wrong questions or ask the proper ones can really make a difference. Some questions can give the idea that you are lazy, greedy, superficial. So, prepare yourself, have a to-ask list in your mind, and a not-to-ask one.
To help making the interviewing process easier, we gathered a list of questions that we suggest NOT to ask in a job interview,
- What does your company do?
- What will my salary be?
- Will I have to work long hours?
- When would I be considered for a promotion?
- What’s the vacation policy?
- How soon can I go on vacation?
- What would I be doing every day?
- Why is this role open now?
- Do you check references?
- Can I arrive early or leave late as long as I get my work done?
- Do you check social media?
- Can I work from home?
- Is it ok if I don’t have experience in ..?
- How often do reviews occur?
The reason why you should avoid asking these questions is that it would show a lack of interest, that you are focused just on the benefits of the position, that you are not informed, clear on what you want and shallow. Don’t give the idea that you’re hyper focused on how you can get ahead and make more money from the very beginning, instead of being curious and excited about the role itself. You need to prove that you support the organization’s mission, and you can prove it by asking the right questions.
So, when you have the floor, you’ll want to take full advantage of the opportunity to show that you’ve done your homework and determine if the job is a good fit for you. You can do it by reflecting a sincere interest in working for the organization in the role they have opened.
Don’t sell yourself short. Point out your strength points, make sure you’ve identified what you are good at, and drive the conversation in order to highlight it.
In the end, the quality and nature of questions you ask in your interview will dramatically impact whether or not you learn what you need to to make the right decision. And your questions will also determine if the hiring manager sees all the potential in you. Prepare well upfront, demonstrate your capability, and use the time together wisely so you can advance in exciting ways.
The interview is a two-way-street, and a conversation can be beneficial for both.