It is important to ask questions when you are being interviewed for a job. Thoughtful questions show interest and curiosity. They reflect a desire to learn about the opportunity, the employer’s expectations, the organization’s future, and how you can help the company grow.
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But asking an interviewer the following five job interview questions will hurt your chances of getting hired. In fact, these questions may take you out of the running completely. Why? The five questions show a lack of preparation for the job interview, lack of concern for the employer’s needs, more interest in being away from the job than on the job, concern for money rather than the work, or a desire to work the minimum.
- What do you do here? This question shows you didn’t prepare for the job interview. Don’t ask questions about points you can learn from the organization’s website. Also review the company's marketing, social media, annual report, product information, and anything else you can dig up. This information will help you understand the organization's purpose and direction and how you can help it prosper.
- What is the salary? This question is valid, but asking it early in the hiring process shows you are more concerned with money than with the job. Instead of asking about pay, ask about the employer’s needs and challenges and explain how you can meet them. Wait until the employer offers you the job and states the salary before discussing money. At that point, the employer wants you and may be open to negotiating and giving you a higher amount. Also, if you bring up your salary requirements too early, you may lock yourself into a lower amount than the employer was willing to pay.
- How much vacation do I get? This question shows you are already thinking about time off before you’ve been offered the job. Again, wait until you get a job offer before asking this question, although most employers will tell you about vacation time when extending a job offer.
- Can I have flexible hours? Although more companies offer flexible hours today, don’t raise this question. Most employers need you to be at work and working hard. After you are hired and prove yourself, your manager may be open to considering flexible hours.
- Can I work from home? This question is similar to the preceding one. The employer doesn’t know you well, so he or she has no idea whether you will work diligently from home. Wait until the employer brings it up or until after you get the job, have proven your work ethic, and know the job's demand.
Although you will have legitimate employment questions like the ones listed here, avoid asking them in job interviews. You want to show employers that you have their needs and interests foremost in your mind. Focus on getting a job offer first. Then you can address these issues, either as part of your salary and benefits negotiation or after you're doing the job well.