Before a relationship takes a sour turn, there are always warning signs. Now whether or not we want to notice them or pretend that they don't exist that is another story. If you have every dated someone that was fine as hell but also turned out to be trifling as hell, nine times out 10 there were all kinds of red flags being thrown left and right. Unfortunately, that smile, that body, or that money blinded you.
The same happens when we are looking for a new job.
Often, during the job hunt and interview process, there are so many red flags that are thrown your way but you don't notice them because the idea of just getting a job (hell ANY job) looks so attractive.
Maybe you have put in more job applications than you can count, and finally after countless interviews and cover letters, you were offered the position (about damn time). However, as anxious as you are to say yes to the job, you may want to rethink it.
Now I get it -if you are looking for a job, it isn't just for fun. Who really enjoys being drilled in interviews and wearing uncomfortable suits? You have bills to pay, a family to feed, and goals to be met so when that offer comes your way, you feel obligated to say yes. Nonetheless, as desperate as you may be, you have to have faith in the job hunt process, know your worth, and truly consider what is best for you and your professional development.
When you are looking for a job, you have to remove your blinders so that you can clearly see what is best for you. During the job hunt or interview phases, if you spot any of the signs below you may want to run far, far away:
1. Your interviewer has no respect for you or your time
We all know that if you are late to an interview it is unacceptable, so the same standard should occur for the interviewer. I've interviewed with a company where the interviewer was over 15 minutes late to meet with me. This was so annoying because I had taken off to complete several interviews and run a few errands so for me every minute counted. Being on time is a sign of respect. If you have enough respect to be on time for the interview, the interviewer should have the same. On the same note, if the interviewer reschedules your interview more than once, that is a bad sign as well. This shows signs of disorganization and you shouldn't want any part in that.
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2. Employees are dropping like flies
A high turnover rate at a company is never a good sign. This shows a sign of a negative work culture, team, or company. The last thing that you want to do is walk in a negative work environment and be tempted to get on the job hunt (again). During your interview, ask about the position that you are applying for and inquire why it is open. Figure out if it is a brand new position, a position that someone resigned from, or one that someone was promoted. This is a great question to ask at the end when it's time for you to ask your questions.
3. The interviewer knows nothing about you
Sadly, there are times when interviewers have scheduled interviews but are “too busy" to look at the resume. Someone scheduled them to interview someone, so hey, here they are.
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If the interviewer didn't take time to review your resume, it will be obvious in the interview. This should make you question their hiring process. This shows a lack of passion and thought on behalf of the company. Are they just interviewing to fill a quota or are they interviewing because they are desperate? Or are they truly concerned about hiring smart and selecting the best candidates for the position?
4. The Commute Is Too Much
The average person spends 8 to 10 hours a day at work so the last thing that anyone wants to experience is an exhausting commute to and from work. Sometimes traffic is inevitable but on the same note, traveling to and from work shouldn't feel like a road trip.
An exhausting commute can equal bad mood and a loss of focus - both of which will not yield great results for you at work and off of work.
5. They have a bad reputation
Before you accept a job offer (or really before you submit an application) do a quick search on the company. Look at company reviews on Glassdoor or Indeed to see what people are saying. If you see more bad than good, you may want to reconsider. Remember, if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck…
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6. The Company Culture Doesn't Feel Right
Before the interview or accepting a job offer, look online and try to get an idea of the company culture. During the interview phase, don't shy away from asking plenty of questions so that you can clearly gauge what it's like to work at the office and for the company. You are going to be spending most of your day at the job and this company will play a major role in your development so it is important that it is a good fit for you.
In the end, always listen to your intuition, your gut feeling, your first thought. Trust yourself and your thoughts and make the decision that feels right to you. If it doesn't feel right and your gut is telling is no, decline the offer. Remember, this is your career and you deserve what is best for you.
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