Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Questions that an interviewer should never ask: Questions that are not related to your skills and qualifications for the position. Some Examples: What is your race, What is your national origin, What is your maiden name, How old are you, Do you have any disabilities, What is your religion, Are you pregnant, Have you ever been arrested, What type of military discharge did you receive, Have you ever filed bankruptcy, Do you belong to any organizations?
Questions that should be asked by an interviewee: What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?, What is the single largest problem facing your staff and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem?, What have you enjoyed most about working here?, What constitutes success at this position and this firm or nonprofit?, Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?, Are there continuing education opportunities?, Can you tell me about the team I would be working with?, What is the next step in the process?
Questions that should NOT be asked by an interviewee: What is a typical salary for this position?, Nothing that can easily be found on-line regarding the company, How much vacation do your employees get?, Can I work another job part-time?, Do you allow telecommuting?, How many hours am I expected to work?, What do you think are my chances of getting this job?, Where do people eat lunch and how long is their lunch break?, Can I bring my dog to work?
Closing conversation regarding follow up when a candidate should hear something is totally acceptable.