Questions not to ask at a job interview (and what you should ask)

It's interviewing etiquette 101 to ask questions when we're sitting down with the interviewer, but it's important to remember that some questions work -- and some don't.

VIDEO: Robin Ankton joins us in The Job Shop to talk about what questions to ask during your interview, and what questions to stay away from. She's the regional vice president at Robert Half International.

Questions not to ask:
1. How late do you consider too late for showing up to work?
2. When can I retire?
3. Can I take a three-week vacation?
4. When can I get a raise?

Questions that should be asked:
1. What is a typical day like for someone in this position? Not only can you learn about the standard duties, but you also will get a sense for how closely your prospective manager understands what's involved with the job.

2. Who was in the role before me, and why did they leave? Be wary if the job is a revolving door; there could be unrealistic expectations or other reasons that people in this function haven't been set up for success.

3. What qualities do you think would make someone successful in this position? The answer can help you highlight your relevant traits and determine if your strengths are a match.

4. What do you see as the greatest opportunities for the company in the next several years? The response gives you a sense of the firm's prospects and whether leadership is more pragmatic or visionary.

5. What do you like most about working here? This gives you information about the corporate culture and also what most motivates and inspires your potential manager.

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