When you are being interviewed for a new position, you want to learn about the company's culture and get a sense of what it’s like to work there. You want the job to fit in with the rest of your life.

But the single-worst thing you can do is ask, “So how’s the work-life balance here?”

Any mention of “work-life balance” can derail an otherwise successful interview.

Even though extensive research shows that productivity drops when people are working too many hours, some interviewers still perceive this question as being “all about you” and not about what you can contribute to the organization. To these interviewers, it signals that you are a clock-watcher — only in it for the pay and benefits. Or that you might not be a hard worker or a team player, willing to pitch in at peak times.

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