Is there anything I shouldn’t ask my interviewer?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Career counselor Karen Chopra recommends avoiding questions that are answered on the company website.

    Is there anything I shouldn't ask my interviewer?

    Karen Chopra: The only thing that you should not ask the company or the interviewer is something that you should have been able to find on their website, which is why it's important to read the website before you are going to an interview. That's the question, when I talk to employers that is the thing that always sets them off. They you didn't read the website, it was clear from the questions they were out asking that they never read the website.

    So the rule of thumb is, if it's on the website, don't ask about it. But ask about what you have read on the website. So indicate that you are aware of what's on the website, and then say, I read on your website about XYZ program. I would like you to tell me a little bit more about that. So that's the only absolute, don't ask about it.

    The other things that you may want to avoid asking about if you can are what the job pays, because that's a question that's likely to get into salary negotiations sooner than you would like to. So that's one that I normally recommend again, but every once in a while, you are going to ask that in an interview.

    Everything else, you should be able to find some formula, some neutral way of asking. If it's a question you have about the company, you should be able ask it in an interview, and indeed if they don't want you to ask difficult questions in an interview, you have to wonder whether this is a company that you really want to go work for.

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