19 questions you should never ask in an interview - and what you should ask instead
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- Job interviews provide job seekers with an excellent opportunity to learn more about the organization and role they're going for.
- But asking certain questions during an interview might hurt your chances of landing the gig.
- Business Insider compiled some questions to cross off your list, and some good replacements you can ask instead.
Job interviews can get pretty stressful.
Not only do you have to answer the interviewer's questions, but you have to come up with a bunch of questions yourself.
Do yourself a favor and prepare some questions
to ask beforehand. And think about what other queries you're better off avoiding.
Here are some awkward or off-putting questions you should steering clear, along with some decent replacement questions you can ask instead.
Don't ask: 'What does your company do?'
Ask: 'How would you describe the company's culture?'
Or ask: 'Who do you consider your major competitors? How are you better?'
Don't ask: 'What will my salary be?'
Ask: 'Can you tell me what steps need to be completed before your company can generate an offer?'
Don't ask: 'What are the hours?'
Ask: 'How would you describe the company's values around work-life balance?'
Definitely don't ask: 'Will I have to work long hours?'
Ask: 'If you were to hire me, what might I expect in a typical day?'
Don't ask: 'Will I have my own office?'
Instead, ask: 'How has this position evolved?'
Don't ask: 'Can I make personal calls during the day?'
And definitely don't ask: 'Do you monitor emails or internet usage?'
Ask: 'Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?'
Don't ask: 'How soon can I take a vacation?'
Also skip: 'Will I have an expense account?'
Ask: 'If hired, what are the three most important things you'd like me to accomplish in the first six to 12 months at the company?'
Don't ask: 'When will I be eligible for a raise?'
Ask: 'What type of employee tends to succeed here? What qualities are the most important for doing well and advancing at the firm?'
Don't ask: 'Can I arrive early or leave late as long as I get my work done?'
Ask: 'How do you evaluate success here?'
Don't ask: 'How quickly could I be considered for a promotion?'
Ask: 'What have past employees done to succeed in this position?'
Don't ask: 'Who should I avoid in the office?'
And don't ask: 'What happens if I don't get along with my boss or coworkers?'
Ask: 'Who would I be reporting to?'
Or ask: 'Can you give me an example of how I would collaborate with my manager?'
And ask: 'When your staff comes to you with conflicts, how do you respond?'
Don't ask: 'Are you married?/Do you have kids?/etc.'
Ask: 'What was your career plan before you got into this role, and how has that changed since you've been here?'
Or ask: 'Where do you see yourself in five years?'
Also ask: 'What's one of the most interesting projects or opportunities that you've worked on?'
Don't ask: 'Do you check social media accounts?'
And don't ask: 'Do you do background checks?'
Ask: 'Is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision?'
And ask: 'Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills would serve the company and position best?'
Don't ask: 'I heard this wild rumor about the CEO. Is it true?'
Instead, ask: 'How would you score the company on living up to its core values? What’s the one thing you're working to improve on?'
Or ask: 'I read this story about your company. Can you tell me more about this?'
Don't ask: 'What are grounds for termination?'
Ask: 'What's your staff turnover rate and what are you doing to reduce it?'
Or ask: 'Can you tell me where the company is going?'
And ask: 'What makes people stay at this company?'
Don't ask: 'How did I do?' or 'Did I get the job?'
Ask: 'Who do you think would be the ideal candidate for this position, and how do I compare?'
Ask: 'Is there anyone else I need to meet with?/Is there anyone else you would like me to meet with?'
Ask: 'Will I have an opportunity to meet those who would be part of my staff/my manager during the interview process?'
And, finally, ask: 'Have I answered all your questions?'
Don't ask: 'How long are you going to take to get back to me?'
Ask: 'What's your timeline for making a decision, and when can I expect to hear back from you?'