Questions NOT to Ask in Your Next Interview


Earlier this month, we covered several questions that you should ask in your interview. Asking the right questions as a candidate not only gives you meaningful insight into the work and whether the team is the right fit for you, but also shows interviewers that you are engaged and interested in the role. But now we look at the flip side of that coin. What questions should you avoid asking, or maybe just wait to ask until a more appropriate time. Here’s a list with some considerations.  

What Does This Company Do?

If you go into an interview without knowing what job you’re applying for, that’s a mistake on your part. A big part of preparing for any interview is to research the company and the role you are applying for. Without that context, how can you show that you are the best candidate for the job. Make sure that you know as much as possible about what a company does, how they do it, and any other major pieces of background information before you even submit your resume for consideration. You will be better prepared to present yourself as the right person for the job.  

When Can I Take Time Off for Vacation?

While of course everyone makes plans, talking about your upcoming vacation during the interview process is not a great look. Instead, focus on what you can do for the company from day one. Convince the hiring manager that you are fully invested in the work and the company. That might mean you will need to wait until you get a job offer before you mention any prior commitments, but this does show that you are willing to put the company and the work ahead of any personal concerns. And equally, it shows that you care more about the work than about your vacation time.  

Can I Change My Schedule If I Get the Job?

Schedules can be challenging, especially if you are applying for one with a strict expectation of hours and days worked. But similar to holding off on discussing vacation time, it’s probably best to hold off on asking for a different shift or schedule until after you have convinced the interviewer that you are the best fit for the job. You might be surprised how willing to work with you a company can be, once they are sure that you are the person they want to hire. It’s all about timing. Hold off on schedule negotiations until after you have an offer in hand.  

So, Did I Get the Job?

Asking your interviewer whether you got the job on the spot in an interview shows a lack of understanding of how the recruitment process goes. There are likely many candidates being evaluated, and there’s a low chance that any decisions would be made on the spot. Rather than showing your impatience, be respectful and show appreciation for the opportunity to learn more about the company. You can be sure that if a hiring manager thinks you’re the right candidate for the job, you’ll hear from them soon.  

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