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Top Interview Questions You Should Never Ask – and Those You Should

Congratulations! You’ve landed yourself an interview – an accomplishment within itself. More than likely you already researched the company, rehearsed your responses, and picked out your suit. So far, so good. You arrive at the interview, it’s going well, and as it’s beginning to wrap up the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” This is the time to ask a few smart, thoughtful questions and really impress the interviewer. Our expert recruiters at High Profile have compiled a list of interview questions you should never ask, and ones you should.

Questions to Avoid

“What is the salary and benefit package like for this position?” Anything related to salary and benefits is off limits until an offer is extended. Unless the interviewer brings it up first, avoid this topic altogether.

“May I arrive early or leave late as long as I get my required hours in for the week?” We understand you want a flexible schedule, but this question indicates you are more concerned about your outside life than you are about work. Keep in mind, there are legitimate concerns

“Who are your competitors?” In theory this is a good question, but it makes you sound like you did not do your homework. Before you ask the question, ask yourself if this is something you can find online. If so, don’t ask the question and do your pre-interview research instead.

“Can I work from home?” Unless this was mentioned in the job description, this question just makes you sound lazy. Now is not the time to be asking for favors, it’s the time to be securing your future job.

“Will you be monitoring my social media profiles?” The will cause the interviewer to wonder what you are hiding. Although the topic is popular with today’s workforce, avoid this question altogether.

Questions to Ask

“What do you like most about this company?” People generally like talking about their personal experience, and this question gives great insight into whether or not the person is happy at the company. Pay attention to the response, as this will give a good indication of what it will be like to work there.

“Can you explain what the company culture is like here? With examples of how the company withholds it?” Of course the interviewer is going to tell you how great their company culture is, but examples will prove it.

Keep in mind, the worst possible response to, “Do you have any questions for me?” is no response. For more suggestions on questions to ask, or avoid, contact one of our staffers at High Profile today!