“If the first question someone asks is, ‘How much vacation do we get?’ the interview is just about over,” says Allan Young, CEO of ShelfGenie.
Other turnoffs—especially in the first interview or communication—include these questions: How many hours a week am I expected to work [when it’s a salaried position]? Do we get free coffee?
For Rob Basso it’s also this one: How many sick days do you offer?
“It drives me crazy,” he says—especially when an applicant asks in the first five minutes. Or “‘Is there a place I can take a smoke break?’ It’s hard to overlook a comment like that.”
But the “what’s-in-it-for-me” question that irks employers most is the one about money. So ...