When you’re in the hot seat, there’s a good chance your interviewer will turn the tables at some point and ask, “Do you have any questions for me?”
When you have the floor, you’ll want to take full advantage of the opportunity to show that you’ve done your homework and to determine if the job is a good fit.
But it’s imperative that you put just as much thought into what you ask as you do your responses to their questions, because your queries may reflect your knowledge of the company, your work ethic, your level of professionalism, and your interest in the role.
“In the first interview, you’ll want to be sure to ask the right questions. Ask about the job and company; not questions that can come off as self-serving and give the impression you may not be a team player or be willing to give 100%,” says Amy Hoover, president of the job board Talent Zoo.
She continued: “The sole purpose of the interview is to determine if you are a good fit for the company, and if it’s a good fit for you. All the other issues and concerns should be addressed during negotiations after the job offer has been made.”
Here are 17 questions you’ll want to avoid during the first job interview, as they may do more harm than good:
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What does your company do?
Questions like this will make you look unprepared. To avoid that, never ask anything that can easily be answered with a Google search.
What will my salary be?
Hold off on the money talk.
Will I have to work long hours?
This says, “I’m lazy.”