Finding work is tough these days. Whether you'll be a new graduate, are a recent grad or someone who was laid off after 30 years in the workforce, the job market is as competitive as ever.
The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the national unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.3 percent in April. However, when you take into account the 806,000 working-age people who stopped looking for jobs altogether -- an increase from 503,000 in March -- it brings the civilian labor force participation rate to a measly 62.8 percent.
Even more disheartening for Illinoisians, the state's unemployment rate sits above the national average at 8.4 percent, pending the release of April's jobless report.
With this in mind, nailing any upcoming job interviews you may have is crucial. For those who already have work experience, you probably know the do's and don'ts during an interview.
As for soon-to-be grads who will just be entering the job market, preparing, researching and asking good questions will put you in a better position to receive an offer. But, there are also plenty of bad questions that could ruin your chances.
Forbes came up with a list of 10 questions you should never ask during an interview. Some of these may seem like no-brainers, but even accidentally asking one of these questions could cause your resume to end up in the trash -- or recycling if they're environmentally friendly.
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