- “Is there work/life balance?”
In the first interview don’t ask about
work/life balance. You might be working 80 hours per week and be hoping to work
only 60 hours per week, but the perception could be that you are looking for
less than full time. You don’t want the interviewer thinking you’re not willing
to put in the time to do the job.
- “Why is this position open?”
Don’t ask why the position is vacant (at
least not yet). This may cause the person leading the interview to reflect
on a less than positive experience with the person who left the job, which could
create a link between your interview and that negative memory.
- “What would my salary and benefits package
You should avoid bringing up money and
benefits in the first interview. The more the employer knows about your
skills and experiences and how those match up with the open opportunity the
better the potential package will be at the offer stage. Sometimes this conversation
can’t be avoided. If the interviewer asks, you can respond with something
along the lines of, “Based on what I know so far, this is a great opportunity
for me and I am excited to look at your best offer.”
Executive Recruiter, CFS Orlando
- “Do you have any suggestions on what I should
do with my resume?”
won’t get you the job. You’ve been selected to interview already based off your
resume, so there is never a valid reason to ask this. You don’t want the interviewer
to think you don’t care enough about the role to send them a finalized resume. If
you’re unsure about your resume, talk with a recruiter. It’s our job to help
you cater your resume to a particular job, and we’ll scrutinize it more than
any hiring manager will.
- “When would I be promoted?”
even seen your work yet! This question can make the interviewer wonder how long
you’ll stay if they don’t promote you soon enough, potentially ruining your
chances of ever being hired. No matter how good the conversation went, you
should never let the interviewer know that you're interested in the next role
and not the one you're there to interview for.
I work from home?”
the job posting explicitly talks about this as an option, you shouldn’t bring
it up in an interview. You don’t want the interviewer to think you’re the type
that avoids work or won’t get the job done.
- “Do I
get an office?”
don’t want the interviewer to think you only want the job for the perks. Yes,
it would be nice to have but it shouldn’t be a priority. This isn’t something
that should matter enough to bring up in an interview.
- “What kind of company is this?”
If you ask this, the interviewer will think you didn’t care enough about getting this job to do your research beforehand. You can almost guarantee your competition knows as much as they can about the company, and so should you. Instead, ask more specific questions that show you have done your research and are interested in the company’s future.