Interviews are filled with questions for you, the interviewee. We can guarantee what the last question of every interview will be: “Do you have any questions?” Now, let’s be clear — your answer should always be yes. But you better have a roster of thoughtful questions queued up in your mind. Unfortunately, in an interview, there are such things as stupid questions. That may sound harsh, but there is an etiquette to interviewing and there’s a time and a place for certain inquiries. Here are the topics you should avoid completely:
1. Anything you could have researched yourself.
Don’t ask your interview to tell you more about the company or ask who the competition is. Those are “LMGTFY” questions — “Let me Google that for you.” You should have done that research on your own pre-interview.
2. Anything that has to do with benefits.
In the early-stage interview process, benefits like casual Fridays, vacation time, salary, and occasional work-from-home opportunities are not addressed. At this point, show an interest in the position — not the benefits. You can decide if the benefits are substantial once the job offer is in hand.
3. Anything that sounds sketchy or demanding.
Perhaps you already have another offer in hand and you’re wondering how quickly you can get a promotion at each job. Or you have a three week vacation to Asia already booked and you’re wondering how soon you can take a vacation. Or you often use up sick time and want to know how many personal days you get. Those questions can be asked after you have an offer in hand.
Now learn about what you should ask during in an interview with our recent post 3 Can’t-Miss Questions to Ask During Your Next Interview.