Questions Not to Ask a Potential Employer/Recruiter Print E-mail

For almost two decades, the professional writers at have assisted their clients land job interviews within 30 business days. Using our skills as Certified Professional Resume Writers, our team develops cover letters and resumes that deliver results! However, an attention-grabbing resume is only half of what it takes to score an interview. Once acquiring an interview, impressing a prospective employer is usually the next step of the process. Increase your chances of obtaining employment by exercising caution when asked if you have any further questions.

What type of company is this?

Before attending an interview, do your homework about the prospective company. Be sure to learn the basics about the business and your intended position. Displaying this lack of motivation might leave employers questioning how much of an asset you present. The action might also suggest that you have no real interest in the job.

How many hours do I have to work each week? Do I have to work weekends?

While perhaps not meaning to, the phrasing of these questions imply that actually working is not the focus of your job hunt. Instead, one might ask for a description of a typical workday or work week. Potential employers then have the option of relaying more information about short and long-term expectations.

How soon can I take a vacation?

Again, the wording of this question infers that commitment and work are not your priorities. Even if you happen to have scheduled appointments or other commitments, do not discuss time off until actually offered the position. This should be discussed upon hire and covered within an employee handbook or contract.

How much can I expect to make per hour/yearly?

This question remains inappropriate during an interview, especially before acquiring the job. If you should require a specific hourly wage or salary, denote that amount on your cover letter or resume. When a particular hourly wage is not of consequence, it is recommended to not bring this up until after being offered the job.

How soon before I am eligible for a promotion?

Asking this question might send up a couple of red flags for most employers. They may assume that you are not really interested in the job for which you are applying. Managers might also question your loyalty as an employee, or that you are merely biding your time until something better comes along. An alternative means of obtaining an answer might entail asking about opportunities for growth.

What benefits does the company offer?

Before asking questions about benefits, make sure that you have secured a position with the company. When concerned about possible daycare situations, health insurance options, or other advantages provided by the employer, save any relevant questions you may have for a human resources representative.

Did I get the job?

Besides looking impatient and unprofessional, asking this question puts the employer in an uncomfortable position. In the majority of circumstances, management conducts multiple interviews before making a final decision. Instead, subtly ask if they require more than one interview per candidate. Generally, if you have made a positive impression, employers usually provide this information before concluding an interview.

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