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In response to Cassandra's comments, as someone who has done a lot of interviewing and hiring for everything from interns and entry-level positions to upper management, I would be extremely turned off by a candidate who, particularly in a first interview, had a barrage of questions about benefits, holidays, vacations and pay increases. While these are obviously important considerations, asking a lot of questions about them in an interview is a red flag that someone cares more about compensation than making sure the company and role is a good fit overall, and that they may have an overly "what's in it for me" attitude, which is not someone I want on my team.


A better approach would be to start with some independent research either before or after the initial interview. Many companies will provide informaiton about benefits and such on their employment websites, and even a simple Google search can unearth feedback about a company from current and previous employees. If all else fails, you can call the HR department to ask some of these questions (anonymously, if possible) of someone who is not as close to the position as the hiring manager is. After doing your homework, you will be better prepared to discuss and even negotiate a compensation package - including benefits - when you get to the point when the hiring manager has decided they want you and is ready to get down to brass tacks.

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