Just because you want a job doesn’t mean you should take just ANY job, and it’s crucial to remember that the interview goes both ways. While you may need work – you may even be DESPERATE for work – you shouldn’t take a job that’s not right for you.
There are often signs that an employer may not be right for you. During your interview, make sure you pay attention to the following red flags if they come up.
- They Ask Personal Questions
No interviewer is legally allowed to ask about your personal life. They cannot ask if you’re married, if you have kids, or if you plan on getting pregnant. While there are times that information simply comes up accidentally in casual conversation, an employer that clearly planned to ask any personal questions is breaking the law. You may not want to work for an employer that doesn’t follow basic legal procedures. See our post on illegal interview questions here.
- They Are Rude
You want to work for a company that will appreciate you. An interviewer that is rude, shows up late, or isn’t respectful of you or your time is one that probably works for a company that treats its employees poorly – especially if that interviewer is your boss. If you’re going to work under your interviewer and they are being rude, consider walking away.
Similarly, pay attention to negativity. Do they say negative things about anyone working for the company? What about the person that left the company? If negativity comes out, it’s often a sign that the company isn’t an upbeat and enjoyable place to work.
- No Defined Job/Structure
There is nothing worse than working for a company that isn’t sure what you’ll be doing, who you will be reporting to etc… While some startups make up jobs on the fly, most companies need to have an idea of what you’re going to do while you’re there, otherwise you may be asked to do tasks that you were not hired to do.
- Unable to Answer Questions
With rare exception, a company should not be using interviewers that know nothing about the company or the job. This shows a disrespect to the applicant – if you can’t ask the person questions without receiving a lot of “I don’t knows” and “Probablys” and no real details or urgency to find those details, then the employer is having someone interview that can’t prove the company is worth working for.
Red Flags Matter
Yes, you need a job. But it’s very dangerous for your career to simply take any job without looking at how much you want to work for the employer. Pay attention to these types of red flags to avoid dedicating your time to a company that isn’t worth it. If they are not right keep looking. The following blog posts will show you how to use social media to find more job opportunities. One of them will be the right one.