5 Things You Should Never Ask During A Job Interview

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The wrong questions in any interview, no matter how good or strong a candidate you are will tank the possibility of you being considered for that job. 

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To some of us, interviews can be nerve wrecking. I’ve always been nervous anytime I’ve had to go for an interview. From stressing about what to wear, trying to figure out what type of questions will be asked and the best responses for them. As is expected in most interview endings, hiring managers tend to ask whether the applicants have any questions for them. This is usually an opportunity for candidates to ask any questions about the organization and their expectation. It provides you with an opportunity to understand whether you will be a good fit and if your career goals align with those of the hiring organization. Having the right questions also show a potential employer that you are passionate about the role and being part of the team.
However, the wrong questions in any interview, no matter how good or strong a candidate you are will tank the possibility of you being considered for that job. And just as you do your research about the company, it’s important to also think about the questions you would love to ask your interviewers. We have sampled five out of many questions that you should never ask during a job interview:

1. Salary and benefits
Very few employers tend to mention the salary range on the job description. Other employers prefer to list this as they use it to shortlist. Most times, when looking for new opportunities, salary increment is one of the things that ranks high in the list for most people. However, during the interview, it’s not advisable to bring up salary or benefit issues unless of course the interviewers ask this. Additionally, the first interview is not the ideal place to ask about your pay and what other benefits you’ll get this is the ideal time to sell yourself and show your potential employers why you are the best candidate for this particular role.
What you should ask: Nothing that relates to salary, benefits, leave or overtime unless it’s brought up by the interviewers.

2. What does your company do?
Ever found yourself asking your friends or colleagues a question and they respond in unison ‘Google is your friend’? If not, it’s about time you made Google your best friend. We live in a digital age where most companies have websites that detail what the company is about and what they do or the innovations they have been able to come up with. All this information is available on the internet. As such, doing your homework on the company is important. A hiring manager will not take you seriously and will conclude that you have zero interest in working for the company. It’s inexcusable to not know what your potential employer does.
What you should ask: Your company recently launched a new product, do you mind telling me more about this?

3. When can I expect a raise?
This question is a complete turn off to any hiring manager. Talking about a raise in any interview shows that you are out of touch with what’s really key. I’m not saying it’s bad to think about a raise. But definitely not during the interviews or even the first three months that you’ll be put on probation unless it’s raised by the interviewer (and there is 0% chance that they will ask). As such, asking about a raise should not be in the top 100 questions that you should consider asking.  
What you should ask: Nothing about a raise.

4. Can I use the internet for my personal stuff and do you monitor emails?
To ensure that employees don’t misuse company tools, some organizations monitor internet usage or turn off accessibility to certain sites. Asking whether you can use the internet for personal stuff portrays you as someone after their own gains. This shows a hiring manager that your focus is not on the job but on doing your own things with the paid for company resources. Inquiring about email monitoring makes you come out as hideous. And trust me, no hiring manager will give you a second thought.
What you should ask: Do you mind telling me what your company policy is on internet usage, personal emails and phone?

5. How did I do?
It’s always good to get feedback and be able to understand where we went wrong. But an interview, is not the place you want to ask your hiring managers how you performed. An interview is like your first date – you don’t want to be too timid or too overconfident. No matter how good you think your interview is, asking how you did is bound to make the hiring manager feel uneasy. Also, they may not be able to give you feedback on this and may see you as trying to fish for a compliment. You could, however, ask how soon you can expect to hear from them.
What you should ask: Are there any reservations you have about my ability to perform any of the listed tasks? 
Take this as an opportunity to ask questions that can give you more room to discuss about your capabilities and sell yourself. Let us know what other questions are a no no in an interview on the comments below.


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    Lucas | April 13, 2017 13:11

    Not bad.

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