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    • It’s no secret job interviews can be nerve-wracking. In the heat of the moment it’s easy to get lost for words, or worse, find yourself asking questions that might get you struck off the potentials list.

      Here are the top 7 questions to avoid:

      What does your company do? You should have researched the answer to this question before you sent in your application and have tailored your resume and your interview responses to suit the answer.

      Do you have a flexible work schedule? Unless they bring it up (or have already mentioned it in the job description), asking to work from home, or if you can work flex hours, is a discussion better left for when you’re actually offered the job.

      When can I get promoted? You may believe this makes you sound ambitious, but all the interviewer hears is that you think you’re too good for this role and you already have your eye on something better.

      Will I have to work long hours? This implies you’re a clock-watcher and more into getting a pay cheque than the role itself.

      Do you monitor employee social networking? Privacy may be a major issue, but most companies do have at least some level of social network monitoring to uphold their own reputation. Asking the question suggests you may have something to hide.

      Will I get my own office? Sure it would be nice to know, but does it really matter? Will it affect whether or not you take the job? If the answer is no, don’t ask.

      Not asking questions at all: This is your chance to prove you have an in-depth knowledge of the company, and that you’re intelligent, insightful and well-prepared. Failure to ask any questions is not only a wasted opportunity, but it can make you look unprepared and lacking in confidence.

      Don’t forget:

      • You should know what the company does
      • Avoid being needy or confrontational
      • Not asking questions is disastrous


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