During the process of interviewing for a new job, it is critical that you ask questions during the process to demonstrate your interest and engagement. However, there are certain questions that should NOT be asked in an interview.
- What is the salary? It is critical that you sell the hiring manager and team on the value you bring to the position. Asking about salary early in the process can negatively impact your advancement in the process. Focus on earning their interest first. They will bring up salary at an appropriate time during the process.
- What are the benefits? For the same reasons as with the salary question, don’t get ahead of yourself. You need to sell yourself for the position before you worry about benefits.
- When will I be promoted? Once you have successfully sold the value you could bring to the position you may want to ask what the manager would consider success in that role after the first year. You may ask about possible career progression. Do not specifically ask about being promoted. It comes across as arrogant to assume that you will be promoted. Promotions are based on merit but may also be dependent on business needs and budgets.
- Can I work from home? Can I work flexible hours? Unless the job states that it is a virtual position or flexible hours, assume that it is in the office during regular business hours. In many companies you have to prove yourself before you can be considered for working from home or with flexible hours. Get the job first and show them what you can do.
- What does your Company do? This question or any other question that could be answered by a five minute review of their website clearly demonstrates that you were not interested enough to do even a basic amount of preparation. If you are not taking the opportunity seriously, why should they seriously consider you? Any question that shows you didn’t prepare or that you weren’t listening is not going to land you the job.
Use the interview to demonstrate your transferable skills, the value you bring to the position and your passion for the opportunity. Sell yourself first before you worry about salary, benefits and flexibility. This will help you increase your success on interviews.