20 Questions you shouldn’t ask in an interview

When you’re in the hot seat, there’s a good chance that your interviewer will turn the tables at some point and ask, “Do you have any questions for me?”

When you have the floor, you’ll want to take full advantage of the opportunity to show that you’ve done your homework and determine if the job is a good fit.

But it’s imperative that you put just as much thought into what you ask as you do your responses to their questions. That’s because your queries may reflect your knowledge of the company, work ethic, level of professionalism, and interest in the role.

“In the first interview, you’ll want to be sure to ask the right questions. Ask about the job and company; not questions that can come off as self-serving and give the impression you may not be a team player or be willing to give 100%,” says Amy Hoover, president of the job board Talent Zoo.

She continued: “The sole purpose of the interview is to determine if you are a good fit for the company, and if it’s a good fit for you. All the other issues and concerns should be addressed during negotiations after the job offer has been made.”

Here are 20 questions you’ll want to avoid during the first job interview, as they may do more harm than good:

  1. What does your company do?
  2. What will my salary be?
  3. Will I have to work long hours?
  4. How soon can I take a vacation?
  5. Will I have an expense account?
  6. How quickly could I be considered for a promotion?
  7. What happens if I don’t get along with my boss or co-workers?
  8. What are benefits like?
  9. When will I be eligible for a raise?
  10. Can I arrive early or leave late as long as I get my work done?
  11. Are you married?/Do you have kids?/etc.
  12. Do you check social media accounts?
  13. Do you do background checks?
  14. Do you monitor emails or internet usage?
  15. Will I have my own office?
  16. I heard this rumour about the CEO – is it true?
  17. What are grounds for termination?
  18. Can I make personal calls during the day?
  19. How did I do?
  20. Did I get the job?

Read more and see the explanations of these questions on the Business Insider website – http://uk.businessinsider.com/questions-to-avoid-during-a-job-interview-2016-6