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Wow, you take that badly. If it really bothers you so much, apologies, but it would probably have been better to just not react on my post then? I meant no offense, in any case. Your reply seems a little aggressive to me.
If I was interviewing you and the first question you asked was how often you can work from home, then I would see that as being a high priority of yours - and I may not yet have made my mind up about offering the job...
My rule of thumb is to ask technical questions, and every work related questions (how many in the team, that sort of thing) and leave the 'it's all about me' questions until the second interview, assuming there will be one.
While I do look on an interview as both parties deciding if each other suit their requirements, I try to make the employer feel they have the upper hand.
Once y have been offered the position it is much easier to negotiate. After all, would you turn a job down that paid mid month rather than end of month? (I'm somewhat surprised you turned a position down based on them not paying parking - was that a finance thing or a matter of showing the company's true colors?)
My rule of thumb is to ask technical questions, and every work related questions
(how many in the team, that sort of thing) and leave the 'it's all about me'
questions until the second interview, assuming there will be one.
Or the job offer, by then it is negotiations and they have completed the interview process and have started committing to you.
(I'm somewhat surprised you turned a position down based on them not paying
parking - was that a finance thing or a matter of showing the company's true
Me too... surely you have to look at the total benefits and not some silly thing like that, you could always negotiate some more salary to cover it yourself! (and stop calling me Shirley!)
Early in the interview process...
You never, ever, want to do anything which reflects negatively upon yourself when interviewing. You are just some loser off the street. They have little time invested in you and you are lucky to be there. Don't give them a reason to eliminate you early on.
While interviewing, I would not ask any questions about money or benefits at all. Focus on the WORK, what they expect of you and how you are EXACTLY the right person to hire! The only questions you should be asking are ones which show how smart you are (or better yet, how smart they are).
You will not need to ask many questions if you do your homework. Google the company. Find out what they do and how. Look on those web sites where people post feedback on their employer (i.e. Glassdoor), find employees (or ex-employees) you can trust to ask questions of (maybe friends or graduates of your school, through LinkedIn, etc.).
AFTER the interview process, once you have an offer in hand, the game changes...
The offer will answer many of your questions, you can now carefully and respectfully ask any which remain. Use the offer and the answers as a basis for negotiations.
As others have wisely stated above, the company now has time and hopefully emotional investment in you. It becomes painful if they have to find another person. This gives you LEVERAGE.
Yet iTunes 11 or some update after I installed it still seems to have silently relocated my library to my local SSD (rather than the network drive it was on) and caused Time Machine to make a backup of the various movies I've since downloaded, completely wasting a ton of backup space. Honestly, how hard is it to keep the old settings when upgrading?