The “Do you have any questions for us?” part of every interview is usually another opportunity for you to prove to your prospective employer just how ready you are to fit into their organization. It’s also an opportunity to show that you’ve done your homework on the company and will be invested in giving this job your all.
Having said that, this means that you have to carefully sift through all of the questions in your head and to select one (or two) that will make you look smart, detail-oriented and passionate. This is why we have put together a list of questions that you definitely do not want to ask during an interview.
- “What Salary/Benefits are you offering?”
First off, you need to keep this in mind before any interview; Never. Bring. Up. Money.
It’s not your place. It’s not your job. They want to hire you, which means they will want to keep you interested and will have considered everything related to your salary and benefits beforehand and so you should wait for them to bring up the subject matter.
We understand that money is an important factor of the job because, times are hard being broke no be joke (I know there’s a rapper in me somewhere). Regardless, do not ask until they do, you appear more interested in the money than in the career opportunity at hand when you ask.
- “How many vacation days will I have in a year?”
You have not been offered the job and are already asking about time off? Not a good look. This question implies a lack of commitment and tells this employer that you would be more interested in taking holidays than actually working. We do not want that.
- “Will I be required to work on the weekends/ What are my working hours like?”
Again, this is not a subject matter for you to bring up. The working hours will be relayed to you at some point during your recruitment, bringing it up sounds like you do not want to put in a lot of hours. It’s a lot similar to the question about vacation days, you want to show off an eagerness to work and not an eagerness to work as little as possible.
- “What is the penalty for lateness?”
This question makes you come off as tardy and irresponsible. It’s like you’re already planning to be late which should not be the case at all. It also implies that you are cocky enough to think you have gotten the position. No questions about lateness. You can ask a colleague after you have been employed but not during your interview.
- How often are employees promoted?
This is something you will want to know about the company but asking your interviewer is not an option. It makes you seem entitled, like you’re only here to get promoted. Yes, the plan is to impress your way up the ladder but you do not need to ask the question now. Your mission for this interview is to prove that you will be hardworking and dedicated to your work. Not that you will expect to be promoted every time you put in a little work.