Top Post #9: Don’t Ask the Interviewer the Following Questions

I had posted a blog post about Tough Interview Questions prior to writing the post I am about to highlight now.  I still think that the tough interview questions mentioned in the blog above still are he toughies but do you know what NOT to ask the interviewer?  Read on and Happy Monday!

“To follow up on the interview questions topic I wanted to share with you some questions that Alesia Benedict of GetInterviews.com advises interviewees NOT to ask.

Here goes, the 7 questions NOT to ask in a job interview, according to Alesia:

1. Don’t ask about salary: This question shifts the focus to what you want for yourself as opposed to the value you will provide to the company.

2. (Interesting, I’ve never heard this take on the question) Don’t ask about the timeframe for hiring decisions: Every candidate wants to know the answer to this question but asking it can make you seem desperate or anxious for results. Most companies look for candidates able to separate personal from professional demands.

3. Don’t ask what the company does: Conducting research on corporate initiatives is easily accomplished online. Do your homework to impress hiring managers.

4. Don’t ask about typical promotion policies: Rushing ahead to promotions may make the interviewer question your judgment and understanding of appropriate business interactions.

5. Don’t ask about on-the-job training for basic skills: Emphasize the skills you bring, not the deficits about which you are concerned.

6. Don’t speak ill of former employers: Talking about how much you hated your former workplace or employer is a top interview “don’t!”

7. Don’t forget basic manners: Offer a handshake to “seal the deal” when you leave. Thank the interviewer for their time and express your pleasure in meeting him or her.”

What did you do today?

P.S. If you are wondering what questions you SHOULD ask, read my post titled. Knowing the Right Questions to Ask During an Interview.

P.P.S. One more interview related post coming up tomorrow and we will be moving on to some resume tips.

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