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Here are some questions / topics that may be a bad idea to bring up during an interview according to a blogger for US News & World Report...
9 Things Not to Ask in a Job Interview

Who do I speak with about vacation time?

You haven't even gotten the job and already you're asking for time off. This is a huge red flag for employers, especially in the interview process. If and when you get to the offer stage and you think there will be a scheduling conflict, you may bring up any already planned events, but only at the appropriate time in the hiring process.

What does the company do?
Ask this if you want a quick escort out the door. It is your responsibility to study up on any company that's interviewing you. You should be able to walk in and tell them what they do, about their products, their competitors, and even the most recent company news.

You can, however, ask intelligent questions about the company, such as:

  • What are the biggest challenges someone in this position will face?
  • How would you describe the company culture here? How do you measure someone's success who works here?
  • How has Company X's strategy changed in light of [insert intelligent comment here from all the research you've done]?

Can I telecommute?
If telecommuting wasn't described in the job description, then most likely the company is looking for somebody on-site. At many companies, telecommuting is an earned privilege and not one offered right out of the gate. Asking indirect questions may give you some insight into how flexible the company is with telecommuting, but if it seems like it's on a case-by-case basis, you'd be better off to leave it until you've been working in the company for awhile.

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I am not sure I agree with not making an inquiry about teleworking and other flex-work options.

Maybe you can ask about that in a certain way or ask HR or The benefits dept before even agreeing to interview.

Then again, some companies say they offer telework publicly to attract candidates. maybe the job you're applying for doesn't have that option. if you know you have work-life balance desires, why not vet the company before accepting the job?
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Another thing not to mention in a job interview is Chronic Illness or Disability unless it is obviously visible.  If you get the job, then you can approach them about accommodation.  Employers are not supposed to discriminate but they do.  So present yourself in the best light you can.
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