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EP 1951 I offer up some of the stupid questions to never ask at an interview.

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Today I want to talk about some of the worst questions, the questions you should never ask on any job interview. As much as I expect maturity, intelligence and professionalism from people, every once in a while I get surprised. Rather than commit these gaffes on the interview, I would rather head them off.

So let me talk with you about the time questions you should never ask a job interview.

1. "By the way, what does your company do?" Why would you ever asked this question? Why didn't you just Google the firm's website before the interview? Why didn't you just spend some time on their website to learn what the firm does in advance of your interview? If you are interviewing with the startup that's in stealth mode, I'm sure you can find something on Mashable or TechCrunch that my talk about what the firm is trying to do. Regardless, you can just Google and find out what the company does? When you ask a question like this, you send the message to an employer that they don't like.

2 & 3. Do you do a background check?" The Cumberland the question is, "Do you do drug testing?" I laughed at these questions because you have obviously sent up an enormous red flag for them that says, "There's a problem in my background," or, "There's an issue with my background." You have told him that there is an issue with such a thing.

4. "Do you have any other jobs available?" You basically told him that's a not interested in what they are talking with you about. You are better off continue through with the interview in a very professional way. If they ask, "Are you interested," you can be honest and tell them that you have some questions about whether this is the right role for you. It will allow you to get your questions answered. If you do have questions about the job. It's very mature they ask a question like this.

5. "What's your insurance coverage like?" What are things you don't want to cover the early stages of interviewing or early stages of a job search with the firm's benefits. You want everything focused on your ability to do the job, that you have a lot of passion and enthusiasm for "doing the job," you are there to help them satisfy THEIR needs, you are not there to have yours fulfilled AT THIS TIME.

That is a point later on in the interview where they are starting to fall in love and started to lust after you and you can start dealing with benefits. Initially ago stay off this question.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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