“So, do you have any questions for me?”, asks the drill sergeant dressed in the snazzy, black HR garb. Meanwhile, my mind goes blank, distracted by the inner dialogue I’m having with myself – What do you mean, do I have any questions for you? The only question I want the answer to is whether or not I’m gonna get this job! But, of course, I can’t ask that because I’ll seem desperate! Agh, what in the world do I ask?!
Without fail, each and every time I present my “Interview Techniques to Land You the Job” workshop, I have people ask me to speak further about this topic. The question “Why do they even ask me that?” is one I hear frequently, so I’ll give insight on that before I get to, what I call, “the nitty gritty”.
Kelly Gregorio of Brazen Careerist writes, “During your first interview, the “impress-me dance” is still in full swing. When a potential employer asks if you have any questions, they don’t want inquiries about parking validation; they want to see if you’re prepared, educated and inquisitive.” In other words, employers ask this question to see just how interested you really are in their position and company. Think about it – if you were on a first date and the guy across from you stared blankly saying, “Nope, I don’t have any questions”, would you really think he was that into you? Absolutely not. The same logic works during interviews; the more inquisitive you are the better.
Now that we’ve answered that question, we can get to the good stuff; the nitty gritty.
3 Questions NEVER to Ask Your Interviewer
1. So, how much are you going to pay me? (Or anything of the sort). The rule of thumb here is that you should never be the first one to bring up money or anything “what’s-in-it-for-me” related – benefits, vacation, sick time, days off, yada yada yada. You get it. Employers want to know that you are concerned about what you can do for THEM, not what they can do for you.
2. I’m a new mom. Will I be given time during the day to pump? Yes, I’ve actually had someone ask me this during a mock interview. Now, most of you probably would never ask something like this, but I list this one because I don’t want you asking questions that give away personal details of your life; they don’t need to know that you’re a new mom or that you have five kids or that you just got married.