We’ve talked on more than one occasion about how to respond in a job interview when the inevitable “Do you have any questions?” moment comes up. Here’s another important thing to remember: don’t ask a question where it would be easy to find the answer with some cursory online research.
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Pandora founder Tim Westergren makes the point well in a post on LinkedIn:
As a rule of thumb, don’t ask anything you couldn’t have answered yourself with some research on your own. And make sure you ask them early enough in the conversation to give you time to show off your work.
If company managers have frequently been giving interviews discussing their long-term goals for the business, then asking about that in your own interview suggests a lack of preparation. The more you prepare, the better your questions can be.