With the job market still struggling, it would behoove the majority of people in the United States to brush up on their interview knowledge, regardless of how stable they believe their job to be. While most of us know the basics, such as finding a way to draw in the aspects of the job role to our interview answers to prove a good fit, we don’t focus on what not to ask during the initial stages of interviewing. In reality, both are equally important in the interviewing process.
According to the Ere Community’s article “The 8 questions that cost you the job,” asking essentially any type of question regarding salary, benefits, or vacation days will lead the hiring manager to question your work ethic. I had a professor in college that compared interviewing to dating. In this analogy you probably would not ask someone to marry you on the first date, and on the same note you should not ask what your salary will be on the first interview. This “pushes away” the hiring manager the same way it would the attractive man or woman you want to settle down with.
It is understandable that your time is valuable and you don’t want to end up 3 interviews in to find out the salary is 40,000 less than what you need. However, my suggestion is to do a little research into the position prior to your first interview on websites such as glassdoor.com. Websites, such as this one, will be able to provide you with an average salary range for a position in a company. Also, if you’re working with a recruiter they can deem if you are a competitive candidate for the position without trying to place you in a role that is much beneath your talent range. They will ask what you need in terms of compensation and if you answer this question honestly and realistically you will be less likely to be interviewing for a position you don’t desire. In reality, the salary and other benefits will certainly be discussed further down the road if you make it that far. However, if you ask these types of questions up-front, you probably will not make it that far.
To read in more depth, go to https://community.ere.net/blogs/recruiting-is-more-fun-than-you-think/2010/02/the-8-questions-that-cost-you-the-job/