Job interviews can be nerve racking parts of job searches. One way to significantly calm jitters is to practice answering questions that are likely to be asked during the job interview, as well as knowing what questions to ask the interviewer and what NOT to ask him or her.
Here are questions that 95 percent plus of the time, you SHOULD NOT ask the interviewer during the First Interview. That small percentage of the time that you would ask the questions is if you are given an offer during the First Interview or are prompted by the interviewer to discuss these topics.
- When am I eligible for vacation? On a first interview this is like asking “So how quickly can I take a break from this place?”
- Will you please tell me about the salary and benefits package I will receive with this job? Bringing up salary first, and so early in the interview process, give the impression (right or not) that you are most concerned about how this job will benefit you. The interviewer is looking for someone who is going to show how he or she can benefit the company.
- How flexible are you about what time I get to work? Asking early in the game implies that you will have difficulty getting to work on time. Red flag!
- How quickly can I get promoted? Whoa! You have not even gotten the job you are interviewing for and you want to know when you can promote out of it.
- What is it that your company does? This question is one not to ask at all during any stage of job interviews. Do your homework and have knowledge of the core business of the company.