Interviewing for a new job can be stressful. From researching the company to pulling together a list of intelligent questions, prepping is just as demanding as the one-on-one interview itself.
As you think about the interview, it's important to remember that the questions you ask them are just as meaningful as the ones they ask you. As you pull together your list of questions, keep in mind that some things are better left unasked.
Will I have to work overtime?
The fact you are even asking about overtime will make it appear that you're not interested in working any extra hours-even if you are. A better approach is to ask what a typical workday entails. You'll get a good idea of workload and daily hours without seeming inflexible.
Is it possible to telecommute?
If there has been no mention of telecommuting in the job description or in previous conversations, this question will feel like it's coming out of leftfield. Plus, if you're already asking for big allowances during the interview process, the recruiter will assume you'll have big demands once you're hired as well. If you must telecommute, interview exclusively for jobs labeled as such.
What kind of daycare program do you offer?
Not only does this question give the employer information that may be used against you in the hiring process, it shows a lack of research. Instead, mention that while researching the company you discovered many appealing benefits and incentive programs. It will open the door for the interviewer to discuss some of the benefits, which just might include childcare options.
Does the company get the day after Thanksgiving off?
You don't even have the job yet so it's a complete turnoff to ask about potential time off. If that's one of the first things out of your mouth we guarantee the recruiter will write you off instantly. Wait until you get a job offer, then you'll be able to all the questions you want about holidays and time off.
What's the salary or how long until I get a raise?
Bringing up compensation or future raises is a no-no during the interview phase-especially during the first interview. The proper time to discuss or negotiate your salary or future advancement is once you've been offered a position. While your advancement path at a company is important, it's best to wait until you have an offer in hand before asking too many questions about your long-term career at the company.
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