Preparing for an Interview: Nine Questions NOT to Ask

In a recent blog post, we shared a few pieces of advice for job applicants and our recommendations on some of the best questions to ask during an interview.

With the good, comes the bad. We’d be remiss if we didn’t let you in on some of the questions you should steer clear of. Each person is different, but there’s a consensus at E&V that you probably shouldn’t ask the following questions. We’ve gotten some variation of all of these questions over the years.

  1. What does your company do? It shows you didn’t do your research. 
  2. What are the requirements of this job? It shows you didn’t actually read the job description. 
  3. If you could be an animal, what animal would you be and why? 
  4. If you could be a kitchen appliance, what would you be and why? Really any of the “if you could be … ” questions. 
  5. How long would it be until I am promoted? Instead, ask about growth/professional development opportunities.
  6. Don’t ask about salary too early or with the wrong person. You’ll come across as only interested in the money and not the position itself.
  7. Do you monitor for email or internet use? This one’s pretty self-explanatory.
  8. Can I work from home?
  9. What do you not like about working here? Keep things positive. Instead ask what they do like or areas of growth for the company.

In the end, it comes down to doing your research and being prepared. Check out our suggestions for the questions you SHOULD ask in your next interview.