At the end of most interviews, you may get the question, “Do you have any questions for me?” This is your time during the interview process to ask the top questions you may have about an employer. However, make sure you think carefully about the types of questions you ask and how you phrase them. While you need to ask at least one to two questions, asking unprofessional or inappropriate ones can jeopardize your chances of getting the role.
There are a few questions you’ll definitely want to avoid during the interview process. Below are three questions not to ask in an interview and what you should ask instead.
Don’t ask: “Can I work from home?”
Unless the role specifically stated that it’s meant to be remote, you’ll want to avoid asking if you can work from home right away. Many companies do offer flexible scheduling, but it’s typically not the top priority for a hiring manager in the first round of interviews. Although this question might be important to you, asking this question at the beginning stages of the interview process might inadvertently imply that you don’t want to immerse yourself into the company culture or that you aren’t a team player. As a result, it’s better to wait until the later stages to bring it up.
Instead ask: “How do teams typically function across the organization?’
This type of question will allow you to learn more about what the team structure is like within an organization. It should also provide more insight on whether team members currently have a flexible work schedule or work from home occasionally.
Don’t ask: “What does the company do?”
When you go into an interview, you are expected to do your research on the organization. That’s why asking basic questions, including what the company does, should be avoided. Asking these obvious questions gives the hiring manager the impression that you aren’t very interested in the role or the organization.
Instead ask: “Based on my research, I know your company’s goal is to X. How does this role’s responsibilities play into the company’s overall goal?”
Asking further questions based off of insights from the company website should be expected during an interview. It shows the hiring manager you took the time to do your research and showcases your interest in the role.
Don’t ask: “When would I be up for a promotion?”
Understanding your career growth at a company is good to know during an interview. However, the way you phrase this question is very important. If you solely ask how quickly you’d be up for a promotion, you will come off as entitled and uninterested in the current job you are interviewing for.
Instead ask: “What do career paths usually look like at the organization?” or “How have successful employees progressed within the organization.”
These types of questions would showcase to the hiring manager your interest in staying at the organization for a long period of time and your willingness to learn.