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Three questions you should avoid asking at a job interview

The interview phase of a selection process is probably one of the most important phases. This is the opportunity you will have to shine and show who you truly are to the interviewer,

You will be asked quite a few questions and you will have the opportunity to ask a few questions back as well. But there are three questions (or similar questions) which you should avoid asking if you want to perform well.


1. “What does your company really do?”

This will clearly indicate that you have not prepared for the interview. It is important to prepare yourself for the interview with enough information so that you will know overall what is the companies line of business.

2. “How many hours am I expected to work?”

A question such as this will show that you may have other priorities in your life, and that they might compete directly with work. This will make the interviewer think in more detail wether you will be sufficiently dedicated to your future work.

3. “When will I get a raise?”

This indicates to the interview that your salary is your main motivation factor. In the long run, a worker who is hard to motivate might become a problem, specially when it is not possible to give him a raise. This lack of motivation will result in poor quality work and problems for the team and the company.