Through 28 years of management and what feels like thousands of interviews of people for all levels of positions. Here are five things I would suggest avoiding.1. Don't ask how hard people work in this company.
2. Avoid intense drill downs into severance policies.
3. Delay any questions about smoke breaks or smoking locations
4. Don't drill down into company insurance policy questions related mental health benefits or pregnancy policies (if female).
5. Wait to get the company's full holiday schedules.
6. Avoid questions about whether management is a stickler about being on time, leaving early or unexpected absences.
7. Keep quiet on any "odd benefits" questions based upon the benefits of previous employers, including massages, organic snacks, clothing allowance, etc.
If you're like me, you would be amazed at the questions potential employees will ask in the interview process. And while there is clearly an appropriate time and place for these thoughts (for the most part), they aren't usually in the first and/or second interview. That said, I have heard them all -- early on into job interviews -- as well as later in the process.