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Job Interviews: Five Questions You Should Never Ask

by William Hoover on 09/24/14

I wish that I would have known about these before.    

From:  Career Post

During an employment interview, it's always crucial for job applicants to ask one or more questions. This is an intelligent way to demonstrate your genuine interest in a position and the employer offering it. Nonetheless, certain questions can do much more harm than good. They might reveal your weaknesses, make the interviewer suspicious or suggest that you won't be committed to the job. Continue reading to learn about five queries no potential supervisor wants to hear in an interview...

1. "What's the company policy on testing employees for drugs?" In any firm, this will trigger suspicion that you use illegal narcotics. It also suggests that you might try to defeat the test in some way. To avoid the potential risks of employing drug users, many businesses will not consider hiring someone who makes this inquiry. If you really want an answer to the question, look for it on the Internet or ask a former employee of the company.

2. "What's the policy on overtime?" This question can create at least two concerns in the interviewer's mind. He or she may suspect that you are only willing to work the minimum number of hours. On the other hand, overtime questions may suggest that you want to earn a lot of cash by working extra hours. Companies often try to save money by limiting overtime, so it's not uncommon for firms to avoid employees who have this expectation.

3. "What kind of service does your firm provide?" Career seekers always need to learn about potential employers before they schedule interviews. If you don't know anything about the company, an interviewer will doubt your interest in the job or think that you aren't good at preparing for tasks. Most businesses supply detailed information about themselves on the Internet, so it's not hard to conduct some research before an interview. When possible, try to show the hiring manager that you know about the firm.

4. "You might have already mentioned this, but..." Don't ask a question that the hiring staff has already answered in the interview, in mailed documents or on the phone. Remember that businesses use interview performance as an indicator of how well people would perform their jobs. It's vital to read and listen carefully during the process of applying for a position. If you ask a question of this type, the potential employer may doubt your ability to remember important details.

5. "When will I have a chance to be promoted?" Although it's normal to think about potential promotions when you look for a career, an employer wants you to focus on the position that he or she is trying to fill. It's important to show enthusiasm for the job that you have applied for. If the hiring manager thinks you merely want to use the job as a springboard, it may seem that you wouldn't be satisfied with that position and might leave the company if you aren't promoted soon.

By skipping these undesirable interview queries, you can greatly increase the likelihood that a firm will offer you a position or schedule further interviews. Try to ask informed questions that reflect your sincere interest in working for the company. Remember to avoid queries that suggest a lack of knowledge about any subject that someone with your qualifications should be familiar with. The appropriate number of questions to ask depends on the importance of the position and the interview style.

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