Do not ask these 7 questions in a job interview

What does your company do?

You should have researched and tailored your Resume & your interview responses before you sent in your application.

Do you have a flexible work schedule?

Leave it till you are actually offered the job. They should bring it up (or have already mentioned it in the job description), asking to work from home, or if you can work flex hours.

When can I get promoted?

It indicates either your impatience or overconfidence. You think such question you sound ambitious. Not correct.

Will I have to work long hours?

Do not ask such question. It indicates you’re a clock-watcher. Reflect as focus on the role rather than more into getting a pay cheque.

Do you monitor employee social networking?

Most companies now have company policy guidelines on Social Networking (what you can and can’t do). Privacy may be a major issue, but most companies do have at least some level of social network monitoring to uphold their own reputation. Do not suggest you have something to hide by asking such question.

Will I get my own office?

Nice to know, but does it really matter? Will it affect whether or not you take the job? If the answer is no, don’t ask. It also reflects you are not moving or adapting the changes happening in the world. It is an open office concept everywehre.

Not asking questions at all

Not asking any questions can make you look unprepared and lacking in confidence. This is your chance to prove you have an in-depth knowledge of the company, and that you’re intelligent, insightful and well-prepared.

Always remember,

  1. You should know what the company does
  2. Avoid being needy or confrontational
  3. Not asking questions is disastrous


Suresh Shah, Pathfinders Enterprise

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