Don’t Ask These Questions During Your Interview

When you are in the hot seat during an engineering interview, you will be given the floor to ask the hiring manager questions that will help you decide if the job is right for you. Great questions help you make an informed decision about the job and they also show the hiring manager that you are a serious candidate who has put a lot of thought into the job. The wrong questions, however, can put you out of the running.

These are some of the questions you shouldn’t ask during your interview, and a few you should.  

Salary Questions  

If the interviewer brings up salary, then you can proceed with the conversation, but do not be the first to bring up pay, benefits or vacation time. You don’t want to sound like you’re only after money.  

“What Does Your Company Do?” 

This question shows that you conducted no research whatsoever on the company before your interview and it will cost you the job. Study up beforehand.  

“Why” Questions 

 Don’t begin questions with “why,” because it puts the other person on the defensive. Rework any “why” questions to something less abrasive. Lead with something like, “What is your opinion on (question)?” 

“Can I Set My Own Hours?” 

This is a valid question since work-life balance is important to most people, but it could backfire. Asking this might make you seem like someone who is more worried about your own needs than the company’s needs.  

“Will You Monitor My Internet Usage?” 

 This too is a valid concern but it’s best left alone during the interview process because it makes you seem like you are someone who will waste hours every week online. 

“How Soon Can I Expect a Promotion?”  

You may have the desire to grow your career with a particular employer, but this is the wrong approach as it comes off as arrogant. If you are concerned about career growth, ask how the company supports employees’ long-term career development.  

Questions You SHOULD Ask 

Thoughtful questions indicate that you are interested in the job and can reinforce your fitness for the role. Consider questions like:  

  • What types of engineers succeed here?  
  • What is the biggest challenge facing the team I would potentially be joining? 
  • What is the management style of my direct supervisor?  
  • How would you describe the culture of the company? 
  • What are the expectations of the new hire for the first 30, 60 and 90 days?    
  • Is there anything we’ve discussed today that would prevent you from offering me the job?  

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