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June 08, 2018

Three Things You Should Never Ask in an Interview


Making it to the interview stage of the job application process, is an achievement in and of itself. The company obviously likes your background and wants to take the time to meet you in person and get to know you better. However, the pressure is on to impress them and prove yourself as a viable candidate for the job. Below are three things you under no circumstance, should bring up during an interview.

1. Money and Benefits

The topic of money and benefits should never be brought up in an interview. It is highly inappropriate to bring up salary before a job offer has been made. Furthermore, salary negotiations are best left to your recruiter to do with the hiring manager. Salary is certainly a large factor to be considered in the decision making process however, you don’t want to get ahead of yourself and furthermore, appear like you are solely motivated by money. Similarly, asking about benefits gives the wrong impression to the interviewer; the impression that you are in it for the wrong reasons, not the enjoyment of the work but what you get in return for doing it.

2. Hours

Asking about hours in an interview gives the impression that you want to work the bare minimum. In an interview, you want to give the impression that you are hardworking and willing to put in the hours for the success of the company and your team. Especially in a first round interview, asking about hours comes across almost presumptuously that you will be getting the job. Similarly to money and benefits, details of hours can be acquired by your recruiter. Any questions that can be answered by your recruiter should be, and to that end, any negotiations should also be left to your recruiter to do.

3. Promotion

You want to show promise of your commitment to the company and that you hope there will be career progression with them. However, you don’t want to mention anything about hoping to get promoted or asking about when to expect that to happen. Doing so comes across as cocky and overconfident. You are being brought in for a specific role so to ask about when you can move up from it is a red flag to the interviewers. This will hinder your chances of them continuing the interview process with you. You may inquire about the role’s responsibilities and from there deduce if there is room for growth but by no means should you blatantly ask when you should expect to be promoted.

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