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Questions to Avoid During Your Job Interview


Ask questions correctly, and the interviewer may just extend an olive branch. Ask questions incorrectly, and you’ll probably extended your job-search efforts. Asking the right questions can increase your chances of getting hired. Candidates who are interested in what the company can do for them usually ask the wrong questions.

Wrong questions can be the result of a lack of interest. They can also be the result of good old-fashioned laziness. On the other hand, you may have a genuine lack of understanding about the company and its products or services. Diligent research can bridge your knowledge gap. You’ll be armed with knowledge and the confidence to engage in meaningful dialogue.

If you’re really intent on getting the job, it’s best to avoid the following questions:

  • When was the company founded? Who are your customers? The answer to these types of questions can be found on a company’s website or through a simple Internet search.
  • Can I work from home? How many vacation weeks do new employees receive during their first year? If I need to join a ride share program, will the company pick up the tab? Remember, during the interview, your job is to determine if you’re a good fit for the company, and if they’re a good fit for you. Questions like these can make it seem like you’re only thinking about your own needs. It’s not a good interviewing strategy. Emphasize how you can help the company. This is not the time to focus on what the company can do for you.
  • Making the statement, “I don’t have any questions.” Granted it’s a statement, and not really a question, but can you see how not having any questions at all can be worse than asking wrong questions? Your interviewer will see it as a sign that you have absolutely no interest in the company.

A job interview is a good way to find out if a company is a good fit for you. It provides an opportunity to make a strong first impression on the interviewer. Don’t just ask questions — ask smart questions, the kind that well-informed people ask. Ask questions like, “How does “X” get accomplished at this company? What will my training process entail? What’s required of me to reach and maintain a level of top performance?

Your Level of Education Can Make a Difference

How you conduct yourself in a job interview is important. And the education you pursue is equally important. A person’s level of education can be a factor to consider during the interviewing process. It may be the deciding factor that allows a person to beat the competition.

If you have a busy lifestyle and a need to advance your career, earning an online degree could be the answer. Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Online learning allows you to set your own schedule and study when and where you choose. By pursuing on online degree, you can advance your education on your own terms.

Contact Everest University Online today to learn more about the benefits of online learning.

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