12 Questions You Should Never Ask In A Job Interview

So you scored an interview with the company you’ve been dying to work for next summer! You showed up on time, dressed to impress, and your answers to every question the interviewer asked you were flawless. Now the end of the interview is drawing near, and the interviewer is about to ask you his last question: “Do you have any questions for me?” Before you open your mouth to answer, make sure that you’re not asking one of the following “illegal” interview questions.

“What does your company do, exactly?” 

One of the most important things you need to arrive armed with is knowledge of the company you’re applying to intern or work for.  Employers assume that you know important information about them, like their mission statement and the head of their company. Asking this question indicates that you didn’t take the time to research those things, which sends a message to the employer that you don’t care.

“How much does this position pay?”

You should never, ever, ever ask this question in your first interview. This just signifies to employers that you are more interested in reaping the benefits from the position that you’re applying for than in actually doing your job. It’s best not to discuss compensation. If you nail the interview, you’ll find out your salary eventually. Until then, it is best not to discuss compensation.

 “When can I take time off for vacation?” 

You aren’t even in the office yet, and this question makes it seem like you’re already trying to figure out how you can get out of it. Asking about getting time off before you even get a job offer just implies that you aren’t going to be fully committed to your position, and makes you a less desirable candidate.

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About The Author

Alicia is the national Career Editor of Her Campus. She's a junior at Penn State with majors in journalism and Spanish and a minor in sociology. Alicia is currently interning at DoSomething.org in New York City for the summer. She is also the community manager of Penn State's blog, Onward State, the Marketing Chair for an annual conference called State of State, a volunteer for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, and will be studying at La Universidad de Sevilla in the spring. When she's not writing or plowing through 24-packs of Diet Coke, Alicia enjoys baking, dancing, jamming to Jack Johnson, hanging out with her Friends (you know-- Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe?), cheering on the Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium, and city-hopping her way across the globe. 

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