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3 Questions Not to Ask In An Interview
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What's an interview other than an exchange of questions and answers? Sounds simple, right? Well, yes and no.

At the end of the interview when the interviewer asks if you have any questions, you are should always be prepared with plenty. But it isn't about how many questions you ask, it's about the kinds of questions.

Interviews are also situations where there is most definitely a right and wrong for both questions and answers.

You should never going into an interview without a game plan, or with questions like these.

1) Who is your biggest competition?

How you find the right questions to ask comes from the thoroughness of your background research of the company. Asking about things that you can easily find out on your own just shows them that that you were too lazy to do some digging. Making it obvious to the interviewer that you don't know the first thing about the place you want to work at is a good way to sabbotage yourself.

2) What are the hours?

Here's an example of a superficial question. You aren't digging past the surface. You need to show the interviewer through your thinking process that getting this job means a lot to you. This also applies to asking things about money and holidays. Ask something instead along the lines of what the typical career path in that position is and what the company does to encourage and enhance development in its employees. Show that you're interested in being a part of the team.

 3) Can I borrow a pen?

This is not a joke. Part of being prepared means covering the bases and that includes materials. Interviewees are expected to bring their resumes, pen, and notepad at the very least. If you have a business card then by all means bring some of those too. You might thing that asking for a pen isn't a big deal and you'd be right. But it is another thing that the interviewer can take into consideration in terms of how'd you be as a worker.
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