No matter how good your resume looks, certain misguided questions could definitely lose you a potential job. When you go on your next job interview, be sure to dress well, be on time, do your research and NEVER ask any of the following nine questions:
1. “How quickly could I be promoted?”
An employer first of all wants an employee to be happy with the position they have. Ambition is good, but there is a time and place to discuss promotion, and it’s not during an interview.
2. “I don’t have to _______ as a part of this job, do I?”
Any question that portrays your unwillingness to work in any way is a bad sign for an employer.
3. “Will I be able to work from home?”
This is basically telling your potential boss – before you’ve even started – that you’re too lazy to come into the office.
4. “How much vacation time does this position entail?”
Although this could be a valid question, this is the type of information you should obtain AFTER you’ve been offered a position and not before.
5. “Will I have to work with a team?”
Almost all jobs involve some kind of teamwork, so any sign that you are not a good team player will leave you with negative points in an employer’s eyes.
6. “My last job entailed ________, which I didn’t enjoy…”
Focus on the positive things about your career history and avoid discussing any disagreements or negative aspects of previous jobs.
7. Any question that involves a lie or misrepresentation of your knowledge, career history or skill set.
8. Any question that shows your lack of knowledge about a company: including mispronounced names, incorrect information, etc. Before an interview, you should’ve done research about the company and its activities.
9. “Does this position come with an expense account?”
Perks are usually discussed after a position has been offered to a prospect. If an employer offers this subject, feel free to discuss it. Otherwise, try not to look like you are interested only in your own benefit. An employer will more readily hire someone interested in benefitting themselves AND the company as a whole.