Applying for a new position can be a stressful process. Making sure your resume is just right for the job you seek. Learning about new companies, new opportunities and uprooting yourself from a place and job that you are familiar with to something totally new. You have worked hard to get the interview, so the pressure is now on. We have compiled a list of do and don’t questions that you should and should not ask your interviewer; assuming that you have done your research on the company.
Questions to Ask
- How would you describe the general culture of the company and the workplace?
- What is the standard process for training new hires?
- Who will be my direct supervisor?
- What are some of the biggest challenges/successes in this role currently?
- What process will be used to evaluate my employee performance?
- Are there many opportunities for professional development within the company?
- What is the usual time frame for making the hiring decision?
- Do you see any reason I might not be a good fit for this position?
- May I contact you if any further questions arise?
Questions to Avoid Asking
- Any question that a quick internet search can answer
- Never ask about the salary on the first interview.
- Never ask if you can change the job details, the schedule.
- Never ask about pay, time off, benefits, etc. (Wait until later in the process to inquire about these things.)
- Never ask “What does your company do?”
- Never ask “If I’m hired, when can I start applying for other positions in the company?”
- Never ask how quickly you can be promoted.
- Never ask “Do you do background checks?”
- Never ask about gossip you’ve heard.
- Never ask if the company monitors e-mail or Internet usage.