10+ Questions You Should Not Ask Your Employer During An Interview

More than ten important questions you should avoid asking your employee during your first interview and some questions you can raise to make him believe you are fit for the job.

Questions You Should Not Ask Your Employer During An Interview
After every interview, you'll hear an employer asking the potential employee this question, 'Do you have any question for me?'.
This is a tradition in every firm and it is also one of the key factors that help determine if you'll get the job or not.
You should be very careful while asking these questions because each question you ask doesn't only serve for the interview, it also has a great potential of reflecting your knowledge of the company, your interest in the position, and your work ethics.
If you are not planning on starting your own business someday, then you should be planning on the best ways to get the best works as an employee.


Questions You Should Not to Ask At An Interview

- The salary scale for the position you want to take?

This happens to everyone, you'll want to know what the pay will be like. However, if you think that you can't do a particular job if you will be paid a certain amount as salary, then it should be written clearly in your cover letter.
In a case whereby you'll be flexible while accepting a salary offer, then it'll be best to avoid raising the topic till the position is offered to you.

- What the company does

You are expected to have researched about the company before time. Asking these question will have three things to say about you:

  • You have done zero research about the company beforehand
  • You randomly applied for the job
  • You are not really interested in the position
Why not try your best to spy on the organization before the interview?

- Who are your competitors?

This is similar to the one stated above because it helps reveal that you didn't conduct a research about the organization before applying for the position.
The internet is there for you, you can search the web to know what the organization looks like and what working for them will be like/

- When you'll be offered a time off for vacation?

Asking about this will mean that you won't be committed to the job. To be honest with you, every organization will like to offer a position to someone they'll always count on and be confident that he's passionate about the job position.

- Can this job be done from home?

Asking this question during an interview can imply that you dislike working under direct supervision or avoid team works. If the position was a telecommuting job, it would have been stated in the job description.
However in some cases employees of an organization that have held a particular position for a long time are allowed to telecommute, but as a potential employee, it's not a concession you should inquire for during your interview.

- How long you would have to wait in order to get promoted?

Asking this can relay to the employer that you are not really interested in the current position that is about to be offered to you but want to use it as a platform for stepping on something better. Everyone loves getting promoted and will be someday, so your main concern should be on how you'll get the job and not on how to get a better position.

- What type of health insurance (and other benefits) the company offers?

This is usually included in the career page of every organization's official website but in some cases might not get listed too. 
Questions related to this should be brought up with the human resources rather and not the interviewer. It will even be better if you suspend the question and ask them after the job has been awarded to you.

- Does the company monitor internet usage?

Most big organizations censor different websites that they think will be a distraction to their employees. For example, you shouldn't be in a bank and be streaming videos online or be chatting on the social media platforms except when necessary.
Asking this question might mean that you won't be fully concentrated in the position you are applying for especially when exposed to an internet connection.

- Do employees bring their dogs to work?

Don't ask, observe! Wait till you are awarded the job then you can monitor the organization to know if they allow that. Some big organizations permit it and even provide a place for the pets but this shouldn't be your main concern yet.

- How many warnings you'll get before getting fired?

No employer loves having unserious or light-hearted employees and you won't if you are to be in their shoes.
When the job is finally awarded to you, try your best to avoid getting penalized. Every organization has rules that the employees should live by.

- Was the job offered to me?

This will make you sound impatient and also put your employer on the spot. Instead, you can inquire from your interviewer to know the next step to take.
You can politely ask a question like 'Do you do multiple rounds of interview?'


What You Should Get From The Interviewer

- Make the employer to be convinced that you'll be an asset if offered the position
- Make him to know that you are really interested in the position and not there to try luck or waste your time
- Collect information that will aid you in determining whether you'll accept the job offer or not
- Try to know from your employers opinion the most important qualities for excelling in this role?
- The company's culture
- The next step in the interview process
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More than ten important questions you should avoid asking your employee during your first interview and some questions you can raise to make him believe you are fit for the job.
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