Job interviews are designed not only for employers to determine if candidates are a good fit for the company/job, but also for candidates to determine if the company/job is a good fit for them. Therefore, preparing several QUALITY questions to ask an employer during the interview is critical. The questions, of course, will vary depending on the company and the job, but here are examples of those you should AVOID:
- Don’t ask questions that can be answered by doing simple research.
Examples include questions regarding the company’s demographics, size, and financial state. Asking these types of questions tells the employer you were either too lazy or too unskilled to research them on your own.
- Don’t ask questions that challenge the policies of the organization.
Candidates should aim to keep a positive flow throughout the interview, asking questions that will build a sense of relationship with the employer. Questions to avoid are those that challenge the employer such as “Why are there so few men employed here?” or “Does your company put preference on internal hires?” Stick to asking “what” and “how” questions.
- Don’t stick to the overly common questions.
The goal of your interview should be to stand out above the others competing for the same job. In addition to the common questions surrounding training, job location and position responsibilities, include unique and inquisitive questions based on the company’s industry, mission and goals.
- Don’t ask questions about compensation/benefits.
Never ask questions regarding salary, health care benefits, vacation time, etc. until you receive an official job offer. Some companies will post this information publicly on their websites, so you if you must know prior to the interview, try researching the information online.
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