Magazine article Talent Development

Don't Ask That: When It Comes to Job Interviews, There Are Dumb Questions

Magazine article Talent Development

Don't Ask That: When It Comes to Job Interviews, There Are Dumb Questions

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Asking questions during a job interview is like navigating a minefield: Ask the wrong question--or even ask the right question in the wrong way-and you could blow your chances of getting the job.

In a recent survey by Accountemps, the majority of employees (84 percent) said they ask questions of their own during a job interview. While most people ask about the job's responsibilities and expectations-"What is a typical day like?" "What qualities would make someone successful in this position?"-other candidates ask about salary, benefits, and opportunities for advancement. These are delicate questions that are usually best discussed once there's a job offer on the table, but some respondents didn't hold back in the interview.

According to Accountemps, risky questions asked by job candidates include:

* "How late do you consider too late for showing up to work?"

* "When can I retire?"

* "Can I take a three-week vacation?"

* "When can I get a raise?"

Although no data were gathered around this point, it's likely that the candidates who asked those questions did not get the job. …

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