Interview Tips: Questions you should never ask

Requesting more information during a job interview helps demonstrate your interest in the position and the company, but there are some questions that you should always avoid.

Travel Placement Service has previously shared on this blog some strong follow-up questions to ask a hiring manager after an interview. Requesting more information about the hiring process and the job itself helps to demonstrate your interest in the position and the company. However, there are some questions that you should always avoid:

  • Background checks: Assume that all potential employers will run background checks. Asking about it may make employers wonder if you have something to hide.
  • Benefits: Remember that there is a time and a place for everything. Once you have a job offer in hand, you can find out more about the company’s benefits.
  • Internet: Forbes magazine advises against asking if a company monitors on-the-clock internet usage. It could make you seem untrustworthy.
  • Paid time-off: The interviewer might view any questions about vacation days as a red flag. If you haven’t even been offered the job yet, you probably shouldn’t be talking about taking time off from it.
  • Salary: Never, ever bring up the issue of pay first. If the hiring manager asks you about your salary expectations, try to keep your response general and upbeat. It’s best to discuss specific numbers after you’ve been offered the position.
  • The Obvious: Avoid requesting general information about the company that you should have uncovered on your own before the interview. In general, if you can answer your own question by looking online, don’t ask it.

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