Finding jobs nowadays is not easy as it used to be. Although technology has made things quicker, intense competition has not made things easier for everyone. That is why securing an interview is something you should make the most of. As a candidate for the job, it is only crucial that you do your best in answering the questions intelligently, truthfully, and with conviction. 

In many interviews, you may be given time to ask your own questions about the position and the company. However, there are some questions that are inappropriate and can hurt your chances of getting hired. Knowing these questions could help you avoid mistakes and help you get the job.

Questions Not to Ask During a Job Interview

1: “How Much Is the Pay?”

Knowing how much the salary of the job is the primary concern of many. Some people might not even consider a job if the pay is not worth their time. However, no matter how tempting it is to ask this question, keep it to yourself—at least, at first. 

Some employers will bring it up as part of the discussion or their introduction of the job, so make sure to wait for that moment. Others only bring it up if you pass the first interview or intend to offer you the position. 

There is nothing wrong with asking for the salary for a job. However, the first meeting or interview might not be the right time for it. Doing this at an early stage of the interview could give the employer the impression that you are only interested in the money they pay you and not in the job or the company.

So, before you blurt out that question or before going to the interview, make sure that you do your research to know how much people pay in your industry. That could help you keep a value in mind to confirm and negotiate with later. 

2: “What Is Included in the Employee’s Benefit Package?”

There is nothing wrong with asking your employer about the benefits you would get—once the job is yours. Keep in mind that benefits are perks employers give their employees because of a job well done. If you have not done any work yet for that company, asking that question could be misconstrued. 

Some recruiters bring up the list of benefits to encourage applicants to work for the company. Consider waiting for that moment or rephrase your question. Instead of asking for the benefits package directly, consider inquiring about the workplace culture. That could lead your employer or hiring officer to enumerate the perks that they give their employees.

3: “When Is the Promotion Happening?”

Again, asking this question is too advanced. Promotion is a primary concern of many people, but asking it during an interview might not be appropriate. Promotions only occur if the employees are worthy of the promotion. You need to prove your worth first. 

Instead of asking about the promotion, ask about how career progression works in the company and for this specific position. This could give your interviewer the impression that you do intend to work hard in that position and in the company for a long time. 


Consider focusing on the interview, telling your recruiter why you are worthy of the position, and determining whether the company you are interviewing for is the best one for you. One more tip to summarise everything: Ace that interview first before you go to the job details. Performing well during the interview could make them consider you for the position. If you succeed, you would have the right to ask the questions above and make negotiations during the job offer period.

For more tips, tune in to this page. SMarter Recruitment is an employment agency in Stoke-on-Trent, with a combined 60 years of recruitment experience. We provide the highest quality of candidates to our clients. Our focus is on the commercial, industrial, road rail and care industries nationwide. If you are looking for opportunities in these sectors, explore our jobs section. 

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