Do you have any questions for me? —- Questions You Should Not Ask in the Interview

A typical job interview would finish with the recruiter asking the candidate whether he or she has any further questions. We have already gone in detail with advice on how to prepare for a job interview and today we will offer you a list of questions you do not want to ask the HR.


1. Money and vacations– it is way too early in the game to ask about your salary or any corporate benefits that might be available. You also do not want to get ahead of yourself asking about vacations and time off. Asking these questions might make you sound cocky and that would definitely not sit well with the recruiter.

2. Any “Why” questions – it is not that you cannot ask about things, but it is better to rephrase your questions so you do not put the interviewer in the position to “explain themselves” to you. Thus, instead of asking why they laid off so many people last year, you might want to consult the opinion of the HR about the company’s position for the future regarding hiring.

3. Who is your competition? – Now, that is a question that should easily come out in research. Do your research before and show off your knowledge to the interviewer rather than a shortage of dedication and motivation by not having information readily available online.

4. How often do you do employees evaluation? – Such a question might make the interviewer think you are more concerned about the paperwork than actually getting the job done. Make sure you convey the message – you are ready to continuously deliver top results and feedback on your work at any time would not be a problem.

5. May I count on flexible hours? –Even if you are hoping to arrive later or leave earlier to accommodate legitimate concerns such as family obligations, this question does not sit well with recruiters. Although companies tend to try to keep their employees satisfied and would generally allow for some flexibility, considering the heavy competition and the versatile job market, the focus when making a decision does not fall on work-life balance. Do not let the hiring manager think so early in the process that you are more concerned with your needs than those of the company. Once an offer is on the table you might think about raising the issue but be patient for that moment to arrive so that you can have some leverage.

6. Can I work from home? – In the US, the percentage of home-working professional has risen by 3% compared to the same period last year. However, unless it is clearly stated in the job description, do not push it. Many companies might be ok with you working off-site every once in a while, but most would want you to prove you are a reliable and productive employee in the office first. The interview is not the moment to ask for special favors. Get your foot through the door, show them your knowledge, skills, motivation and dedication and then everything would be much easier.

7. What is your plan for in-company promotions? – Although there is nothing wrong in asking what a career path you might be looking at if you join the firm, this sort of question might make you seem arrogant and too self-confident. Once again, let them like you first, and then all will come around nicely.

8. What is your social networking policy? – while you might be genuinely concerned about the privacy of your personal life, in these day and age you should also assume that companies are touchy when it comes to their employees online lives. Asking such a question might make HRs wonder if you plan to spend your day chatting rather than working or whether or not you have something to hide. Neither would work in your favor. Make sure you do not post anything bad about your company, co-workers or sensitive topics online. These things have a way of coming out when you least expect them.

The Team

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