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VIDEO: Best and Worst Interview Questions

Interviews are an important part of the application process. If done well, they can give the employer an excellent first impression of you and really get to know you in a short amount of time. However, they can be very stressful to prepare, especially when deciding which questions you want to ask the interviewer. Watch this video to find out what Joe Kotlinski and Rob Byron say about the best and worst interview questions to ask.

There are some great questions, good questions and questions to avoid at all costs. Make sure that you are well-prepared for your interview. An interview is the first chance an employer gets to see you and make up their mind about you, so it’s important that you act like yourself but ask intelligent questions.

Transcript:

Joe Kotlinski, Partner, Information Technology Search

Probably the best interview question I've ever heard is a really simple one actually. It's, "How did I do?" And I've found that that's a very valuable question to ask. The manager may tell you an area that he perceives you being deficient in, and maybe you're not deficient in that area and you can actually correct a misconception.

Robert Byron, Partner, Information Technology Search

The best interview question I've heard from candidates is, "How did I do on this interview?" There are different variations of using that, but the reason I like it is that it gives the candidate a chance to sell themselves once again if they missed a certain topic, a certain technology, or just didn't fully answer the question. But because you double back and do that, you kind of answer any questions or solve any apprehension or anxiety coming from the interviewer.

Joe Kotlinski, Partner, Information Technology Search

The worst interview question I've ever heard? I had a candidate one time go in for an interview, and it was going well and the client asked the candidate, "So do you have any questions?" And the very first words out of the person's mouth were, "Well, what time do you guys get off for lunch?" And it torpedoed the interview right there.

Robert Byron, Partner, Information Technology Search

The worst question that I feel a candidate can ask right out of the gate is, "How much money can I make, or what's the flex time here? How much vacation can I get? What are the benefits?" Those types of questions, leading with that is just not good for them.

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