You Should Look for These Red Flags When Interviewing with a Company


Getting a call or an email to attend a job interview is an enthralling moment for any job-seeker. But as you rehearse on answers, printing out the resume, and ensuring the interview suit is on-cue, ensure you pay keen attention to the company culture, beliefs, goals, philosophies, and policies.

Job interviews are a two-way street. As you get interviewed, pay attention to how the process is carried out. This will give you invaluable information about the company's culture and ethics. You may get your dream job, but, working under unreasonable bosses will drain your energy.

Here are the red flags you should look for before accepting any position and you sign a contract:

  1. Negative Online Reviews

Before you think of signing the contract papers, get to know more about the company. You can ask for recommendations. When you get more of negative reviews, you should feel comfortable asking the company to clarify negative reviews and approach the job with caution.

More so, there are sites like Glassdoor that offers employees a platform to review the company anonymously. Get a sample of reviews and make an informed decision. Check for complaints like bad working ethics and poor communication by the management, and many more.

  1. The Interviewer Hasn’t Reviewed Your Resume

A serious employer is keen about the candidate he/she wants to hire and will ensure they thoroughly assess your skills and background. If the hiring person has not reviewed your resume, it's an indication that the company doesn’t have a clear vision of what success looks like and what specific skills and experience will complement someone’s success in the position. It can also mean that your skills might not be appreciated in the company.

  1. Roles Not Explained Clearly

The interviewer should define the roles and responsibilities you need to undertake. If you find it difficult explaining to your family and friends your roles, then you're in the wrong place. A visionary hiring manager should be able to outline the vision and mission of the company and what is expected of you. If you don’t walk away from an interview with a clear vision of what the company is trying to achieve overall and how the position you are interviewing for contributes to the company goals, there might be some strategic ambiguity that may impact your ability to be successful.

  1. High Labor Turnover

When you find out the company has high turnover, you need to be cautious. Check the comments on sites like LinkedIn to get more information from friends and previous employees.  Don’t be afraid to ask the hiring manager to comment on the turnover.  They would rather have the opportunity to respond to your concerns prior to you making a decision on accepting the job offer.  There may be a valid reason why turnover would be higher for one company and not another depending on the proportional distribution of entry level position or sales position.  It’s your goal to determine if that is the case or does the company have a toxic culture or poor communication. Even with a stellar salary, a company with antagonistic, aggressive work culture creates a hostile environment for workers.  

  1. The Interviewer Arrives Late or Cuts the Interview Short

Time is priceless. There might be mishaps in scheduling the interview, but chances are, if the interviewer is having trouble making time for you now, they will have trouble making time for you as an employee. 

  1.  The Hiring Manager is Rude or Ask Inappropriate Questions

This is a red flag that you should not ignore. We all have different personalities, but rudeness is not permissible. If the hiring manager asks personal questions, you have the right not to give any information. If they are rude, that means they may lack respect for the junior workers. Where there is no respect for the workers, the support of the workers may suffer and inhibit one’s ability to be successful and grow.

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