Some of the best interview questions focus on what you can do for the company, not what the company can do for you. Questions about what the company can do for you can come after you have been presented an offer. When you are asking questions, be sure the employer isn’t going to raise doubt in your professionalism or that you are not going to send off red flags.
Here is a list of interview questions that are not appropriate to ask and reasons why.
Can I do this job from home?
Even though you may want to know the answer, this question may come off as if you have a busy schedule and it’s difficult to work around, you don’t like working with others or don’t work well under direct supervision.
Working from home comes with time and all depends on the company.
Did I get the job?
This can make you seem impatient and puts the employer on the spot. If they are interested in you, generally employers will give you some insight on what is next.
Instead, you can ask:
“When will I be hearing from you?”
“What are the next steps in the hiring process?”
What is the salary for this position?
This question is always the big elephant in the room but never ask this question during your first interview. This is something that can come up once you are offered the job, but you may not get an offer if you discuss pay first.
On the other end, the employer may ask you about your salary expectation. Don’t let this question stump you. Do your research before hand and come up with a, appropriate range while taking into account your years of experience and position. To help you out, use these websites:
How many hours will I be expected to work? Will I need to work weekends?
This question may make you seem like you want to work the least amount of hours possible. Companies want employees that are completely devoted to the company and are not going to be clock watchers.
“What would a typical day look like for me?”
How long would I have to wait to get promoted?
This question makes it seem like you’re not interested in the position you applied for and that you’re just waiting for something better.
A better option:
“What are some of the opportunities for growth at this company?”
How much help will I get?
This gives off the impression that you can’t do the job by yourself. If you will be working in a team environment, then likely they will state that during the interview.
Do you do background checks?
Right away, the employer will be wondering if they should be doing one on you or wondering what have you done in the past? This sends off immediate red flags.
Not asking questions at all.
Not asking any questions shows the employer the lack of interest you have or that you’re desperate for any job.
Other Questions to not ask:
- How long is my lunch?
- Does this company monitor internet usage?
- Can I bring my dog to work?
- Will I have to take a drug test?