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Interviews Part 4 - Questions to avoid

You have the right outfit, you're at the interview and have some great questions to ask, so the last thing you want to do is ask the wrong question. So what should you avoid?

  • What is the salary?
    Some will suggest it is OK to ask this question but we don't agree. It makes you appear you are only interested in the money. Once offered the position you and the employer can discuss salary.
  • What are the employee benefits?
    Like with the salary question this can paint you in a negative light.
  • How long will I have to work here before I get a raise?
    Along the same lines as asking about salary. It makes you appear as if you are only concerned about the financial gains the job offers.
  • Can you tell me about your company?
    You should have already researched the company to know what it is they do.
  • How long is the interview expected to last for?
    Shows you are not really interested in the position, are in a hurry to complete the interview.
  • Will I have to work overtime?
    Better to avoid this question, especially if the job requires overtime.
  • Why did the last person leave?
    It would be better to word this question differently such as, 'Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?'
  • Are there any other vacancies?
    Shows you aren’t committed to this job. If something better were to come along you would leave.
  • Don't ask questions that have already been answered in the interview.
    Shows you are not paying attention to what the interviewer is saying.
  • Don't ask the interviewer if they have any plans to change jobs.
    This may make you appear ambitious but also predatory.
  • What is the disciplinary procedure?
    This would send alarm bells ringing causing the interviewer to question your integrity and trustworthiness.