Towards the end of an interview, almost every employer will ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” You should put just as much thought into asking questions as want you do answering questions. The questions you ask will reflect your knowledge of the company, your work ethic, your level of professionalism, and your interest in the role.
This is your time, you now have the control, and 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 the right one for you
Here are questions you’ll want to avoid during the first job interview, as they may do more harm than good:
- What does your company do? You should have researched beforehand on the company website. This question shows that you have not done your research, and imply that you are not interested in the position.
- What will my salary be? Under no circumstances should this question be asked on a first interview. The first interview is there to establish whether you have the required skillset and culture fit and therefore it is best not to discuss compensation until you are offered the position.
- Will I have to work long hours? Questions about hours and extra work might imply that you are wanting to work as little as possible.
- How soon can I take a vacation? Asking about time off before getting a job offer implies that you are not going to be a fully committed employee.
- How quickly could I be considered for a promotion? Are you interested in the position for which you are applying or are you merely waiting to move on to something better.
- How did I do? This question puts employers on the spot and makes you appear impatient and a little desperate. Instead, you could ask for more information on the next step in the hiring process.
But, the worst question of all is not asking any questions. Not asking any questions after an interview shows a lack of interest or comprehension, or can make you look desperate – someone who will take any job under any circumstances. There is the very real possibility that it can incorrectly reveal a lot about your communication skills, personality, and confidence.