What Not to Do in an Interview, Part III


As companies shed more jobs and hire fewer new employees, having an impressive resume and perfectly polished interview skills are crucial.

Over the past couple weeks, we've been covering some of the biggest interview faux pas you may not even realize you’re committing. To see my next tip, read more.

Employers love to wrap up interviews by turning the tables on their applicants and asking, "Do you have any questions for me?" If you’re well-prepared, this is a great opportunity for you to impress your interviewer with an insightful question or two about the position.

What it’s not is an invitation to ask your interviewer personal questions about herself or try to get the inside dirt about the company. No matter how much rapport you feel like you’ve built up during the interview, personal questions cross the line into dangerous interview territory.

If you’re drawing a blank when your interviewer gives you the floor, squelch the urge to ask where she went to school or how she really feels about the new CEO. Instead, simply say something like, "Actually, you’ve been really thorough and have addressed all my questions so far." You can even ask the interviewer for a way to contact her with any follow-up questions you may think of later.

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