After you land that job interview, you probably thinking that your hard work is finally done? Nope sorry – wrong! When you find yourself in an interview situation – there are some key questions that you will need to ask like, “What are your expectations for the person who will be hired for this position?” and there are some key questions that you want to stay away from:

1. Don’t ask about salary – This question shifts the focus to what you want for yourself as opposed to the value you will provide to the company.

2. Don’t ask about the time frame for hiring decisions – Yes, I’m sure you want to know the answer to this burning question, but asking it can make you seem desperate or anxious for results. Typically, most companies prefer candidates who are able to separate personal from professional demands.

3. Don’t ask what the company does – Now this would really be a dumb question! I mean if you don’t know what the company does then why are you trying to work for them? Conducting research on corporate initiatives is easily accomplished online. Do your homework to impress hiring managers.

4. Don’t ask about typical promotion policies – I mean you don’t even have the position you are interviewing for yet. Rushing ahead to ask about promotions may make the interviewer question your judgment and understanding of appropriate business interactions.

5. Don’t ask about on-the-job training for basic skills -Emphasize the skills that you are bringing to the table, not the deficits about which you are concerned.

6. Don’t speak ill of former employers - Yep your last boss may have been horrible- but you NEVER talk about how much you hated your former workplace or employer – this is a top interview don’t!

7. Don’t forget basic manners - Offer a handshake to “seal the deal” when you leave. Thank the interviewer for their time and express your pleasure in meeting him or her.