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Questions To Avoid In An Interview

By October 20, 2022April 18th, 2024RETS Blog

“So, do you have any questions for me?” This common question toward the close of a job interview can make or break your impression of the hiring manager.  The goal is to ask a few smart questions, most employers would agree that saying you have no questions is the worst possible response. It is helpful to know questions to avoid asking during a job interview so that you can leave a positive impression on the hiring manager. Here are examples of questions not to ask during a job interview and why you should scratch it from your list:

  1.  What does this job entail?   This question will immediately prove to the hiring manager that you have not researched the position. In order to show the employer you’re serious about the role you’re interviewing for, do research prior to understanding the duties and expectations of the role. This will also help you determine whether it’s a job you genuinely want. Instead of asking what the job entails, ask what a typical day looks like for someone in this role.
  2. What does this company do?   Similar to researching the position, it is important to have a solid understanding of the company before interviewing. It is imperative to know the company’s mission and purpose. You can ask questions about the company culture or recent successes, but make sure to do company research on your own before the interview.
  3. When can I start taking vacation days or sick time?  If you haven’t even received an offer, it’s best to not jump straight into asking about taking time off. This doesn’t leave a good impression – wait until you receive your offer letter and benefits package, and then negotiate if needed.
  4. Are there other jobs open?  You are there to interview for the position you applied for. Asking about other opportunities will make it seem like you are not serious about this role. Asking about growth opportunities is a good question, but your focus needs to be on the role you applied for in the first place.
  5. What do you not like about working here?  It is important to not ask any negative questions. This can lead to the interviewer perceiving you as a negative person. Instead, prepare questions that are more responsive and give you a deeper understanding of the business.

Diane Blake serves as a Director at RETS Associates, a national real estate executive search firm. She is based in Silicon Valley and can be reached at

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