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What NOT to Ask

At a First Interview



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The End of the Interview

On behalf of, my name is Debbie Benami-Rahm. I’m a career expert with DBR Career Services.

Let me tell you about what NOT to ask at the end of an interview.

You know that last bit of the interview when they say, “so do you have any questions for me? I’ve spent most of the interview asking you questions. It’s your turn now.”

That’s when all your gears get going. We’ve gone through some of the questions you CAN ask at the end of the interview.

But you know what? It’s just as important that you DON’T ask certain questions.

DON’T Ask Certain Questions

Of all of my years as a corporate recruiter, one of the big ones that stands out for me is people that approach the salary right away. You haven’t been made the job offer yet.

You haven’t been selected yet as the most qualified candidate. So it’s not appropriate at this point to say, “and what’s the salary going to be? What am I going to get paid? What’s the offer going to be for the person that fills the position?”

That does not get discussed in the first level interview.

Second Round, Third Round

If you’re called back and this is the second round or the third round, then it’s a little more appropriate because you need to have that information to make some decisions. But definitely not in the first level interview.

A couple of really big ones to think about is starting to ask for time off before you’ve even been made the job offer.

When, When, When?

I can’t tell you how many applicants in their first interview with me, being the human resources person, the first face in a corporation,

“When am I able to take my first vacation day? When do I get time off? When can I start working from home? What’s the telecommuting policy? I really want to work maybe three days in the office and a couple days you know from home and maybe flex my hours.”

Them Not Me

All those kinds of questions that are geared around YOU, and might be good for you, are not the questions to ask at the end of then interview when the interviewer says, “Okay, it’s your turn now. What questions do you have for me?”

Remember a good rule of thumb: It’s all about the COMPANY. It’s all about *them*. So any questions that are around you, hold those for the next level interview.

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1. Who is Debbie? What is her job?

2. The last question that interviewers ask is………..

3. It’s okay to ask the interviewer any question. True or false?

4. What is the most common inappropriate question to ask right away?

5. When should and shouldn’t you ask about the salary?

6. Some other inappropriate, first level questions are……..

7. What should you ask about? What shouldn’t you ask about?
A. Have you been interviewed for a position before? What company and position was it for?

B. How did you feel? What kind of questions did the interviewer ask?

C. Have you interviewed job applicants? What questions did you ask? What kind of responses did you get?

D. Are there secrets to acing a job interview?

E. What will interviews be like in the future?

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