‘Hey, How Soon Can I Take a Vacation?’ & Other Questions to Avoid Asking During an Interview

interviewHave you ever asked an interviewer at the conclusion of the interview for feedback as in, “Hey man, how’d I do?”

Probably not, right? And if you did ask the question, how’d that work out for you?

Okay, we’re in a punchy mood right now but so important as it is to ask questions at the end of each job interview, it’s just as important to steer clear from any questions that are downright inappropriate. They lack tact.

And most of all, some of the questions can be transparent in terms of your priorities as in asking if you resign if you can get paid out for your unused personal time (yes, it has been done and no, that candidate did not get the offer.)Courtesy of Business Insider’s recent post, here are several questions you should avoid asking (or even bringing up in conversations) at all costs.

  • Will I have to work long hours?
  • How soon can I take a vacation?
  • How quickly could I be considered for a promotion?
  • Will I have my own office?
  • What happens if I don’t like the job or the people on my team?
  • Will I have an expense account?
  • Can you tell me about [your personal life]?
  • Can I make personal calls during the day?
  • Do you do background checks?
  • Do you monitor emails or internet usage?

Interestingly enough, one of the questions asking when you’ll be eligible for a raise was on their original list but we promptly removed it. As a candidate, you have every right to ask when you’re eligible for the next salary increase. Moreover, you should always ask that question.

Here’s why: if you’re hired in June but the company’s fiscal year begins on October 1, the recruiter may not tell you flat out that you will be ineligible for an increase this October because the deadline for salary review feedback is probably sometime in July or August. Therefore, your raise a year and several months later should be based on not only an entire year’s worth of worth but those additional months from this current year as well.

You should ask the question because it gives you negotiating power. If your next increase won’t be until October 2015, ask the recruiter for a slight percentage increase right here, right now.