At the end of the interview, it’s your turn to ask the interviewer a few questions. You should already have a planned list of questions.
Don’t ask questions just for the sake of asking questions. Ask meaningful questions that will help you make an informed decision about whether or not you want to work here.
On page 83 in the Complete Interview Answer Guide, there is a very good list of questions you might consider asking…
Ideally, I like to weave my questions into the conversation throughout the interview. That way, at the end of the interview, I only have a couple of questions where I need answers. When you use this technique, make sure to keep your questions in context.
Here are 5 questions that can make you look real bad and end all hopes of a second interview.
1. “What sort of flextime options do you have?”
This kind of question makes it sound like you don’t want to work before you even have the job. Stay clear of any related questions unless it’s critical to you accepting the job.
2. “When can I expect a raise?”
Talking about compensation can be difficult, but asking about raises is not the way to go about it. You’d do better to ask about the process involved towards working up to a higher salary.
3. “When will I be promoted?
This is one of the most common questions candidates ask. I don’t know why candidates would ask such a question. A better way to turn this question around would be to ask what you need to do to get a promotion.
4. Any question that shows you haven’t been listening.
If the interviewer tells you early on in the interview that telecommuting is not an option, and then at the end of the interview in one of your closing questions, you ask if you can work from home – that shows you have not been paying attention.
5. “What’s the salary for this position?”
Phrasing the question in this manner can be a turn-off for some employers. A better way to ask this is, “Has the salary range been determined for this position?”
As I said, some employers are turned off by this question, but if the salary range is $30k less than you are willing to take, then you would want to find out as soon as possible so you don’t waste your time pursuing this opportunity any further.