Questions about the company or the job responsibilities are fine ― but experts say there are some questions you shouldn't ask during your initial job interview. Here are 10 questions not to ask.
"Is there public transportation nearby?"
"Can I work from home?"
"Raising it during the interview process raises concerns that maybe the candidate has some home-related issues that they are hiding," Hurwitz said. "Of course, it could simply be because of the commute, but the time to ask the question is after the employer knows they can trust your work ethic."
"Is there a probationary period?"
"It sounds like you've been fired in the past or somehow expect to perform poorly at some point," Kear said. "Even if you have been fired or let go ― and many of us have ― don't tip your hand by asking how any poor performance on your part would be handled."
Instead, Kear suggests phrasing the question in a way that touches on the performance-evaluation process.
"What does the company do?"
"You should be able to ask questions about specific company programs or how they plan to address industry trends," Tolan said. "Don’t ask a question which makes it obvious you’ve done zero research on the place you'd like to work."
"Is there on-site child care?"
"Will you check my Facebook page?"
"Merely asking the question plants the seed in the hiring manager's mind," Dotson said. "Soon enough, she may find herself wondering what you have to hide."
It's very similar to asking if the employer requires drug tests, according to Dotson. "The fact that you're even asking says you're guilty."
"Do you pay for overtime?"
"By asking if you get paid extra for working more, you're showing your potential employer that you plan on doing the bare minimum," Sathe said. "This question shows a lack of drive, which is a huge red flag for employers."
"How often do you give raises?"
"This question indicates that the applicant is unhappy with the pay, which could mean that once they are hired, they could turn around and leave," El Dabe said. "An employer wants to feel that the employee wants the job regardless of whether or not they will get a raise."
"How often do employees get paid?"
"Even if it's true, it is not the best information to share at work," Hall said. "Plus, you'll appear to care more about what's in it for you than about what you can bring to the company to make them successful."
"Do you offer flex time?"
"You're being hired to make someone else's life easier, not the other way around," Hofherr said. "No one wants to be asked about hours or schedules; it alludes to clock watching."
Hofherr said it is great to want a successful work/life balance but noted it must be earned over time.
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