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Job Interview – What candidates should never ask

1. Questions You Should Already Know

InterviewThe key to the Q&A is realizing that the questions you ask are a reflection of what is important to you, your preparation and existing knowledge. Don’t ask questions that you should already know the answer.

2. Questions That Disempower You

Under the stress of an interview, many people tend to ask questions that are too safe, defer too much, and generally assume they need to overly comply with the interviewer’s expectations to win the “prize” of an offer.

Interviewees are better served when they’re not afraid to tactfully ask some difficult questions. You are absolutely interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you! – Dan Kimble, Resonance Executive Coaching

3. Questions That Have Answers You Don’t Want To Hear

Your questions will influence the interview tone; keep it positive and curious (ask “What” and “How” questions). Avoid questions that invite one-word answers.

4. Questions About Vacation Policies

Hold off on asking about that until after you’ve received an offer and can look over a benefits package.

5. Questions About Benefits

Focus on how you can do the job and figure out how to work with the manager and team to see if you’d be a great fit. Those are the critical components in the interview. Benefits will get explained later.

6. Questions That Suggest a Personal Agenda

It’s best to avoid questions that hint at a hidden personal agenda.

7. Questions That Make It All About You

Don’t ask questions about career progression, training opportunities, health benefits or other perks. During the interview process, it’s all about them.

8. Questions About Salary

It is never advisable to bring up salary in an interview. Instead, let the interviewer ask for your salary expectations.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Eight Career Experts Explain What Candidates Should Never Ask In An Interview – Forbes

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