Interview Etiquette: 5 questions you should never ask when applying for a job
So, you think you're acing your job interview.Your interviewer seems to like you. You like your job interviewer. The camaraderie couldn't be better.Then comes the proverbial: "So, what questions do you have for me?"Whether you're interviewing for a job at Google or joining your local small business, the questions that you ask your interviewer matter. It's your opportunity to showcase your talents, knowledge, and judgment.Here are 5 questions that you should never ask during a job interview (and three more that you should).
1. "So, how much will I get paid?
"This seems like a no-brainer, but for some reason, interviewees still think the question is fair play.That said, it is a fair question. After all, you need to know how much you'll be paid before you take the job. While that's true, the interview is not the time to discuss salary.If you receive a job offer, you can discuss salary at that time.
2. "How much vacation time will I get?"
Again, your vacation and personal time might be an important part of your calculus when deciding to take a job offer.
However, asking how much vacation time you'll get demonstrates you're focused more on time off than working.
Like salary, your vacation and other benefits should be reflected in the job offer. You can ask all the questions related to salary and benefits at that time. You can also schedule a follow-up session with the human resources department for a benefits deep-dive.
3. "How quickly can I get promoted?"
Climbing the ladder of your potentially new organization is admirable.
However, don't assume during the interview that you have the job. It's important to understand options for movement - both upward and lateral - within the organization. If you plan to work at this organization, it's essential to understand your career trajectory.