Red Flags to Watch Out For During Interviews
December 09, 2015 - Posted to Catchy Research Paper Topics
Red Flags You Should Pay Attention for on the Interview
Don't take a job that you will regret. Here are 10 red flags to watch for during interviews that may indicate you will be working for a shady organization.
- Speaking Poorly of The Person You Would be Replacing
Not only is this tactless, it is absolutely unprofessional. Even if the person you would be replacing sounds as if they were simply horrible, be very cautious to trust a potential employer who would bad mouth anybody who has or does work for them. In fact, you should assume that they would treat you the same way as they are treating their former employee.
- Showing up to The Interview Late
This is a sign that you would be working for somebody who does not respect your time. If they make you wait a significant amount of time before sitting down to interview you, you can probably assume that they will do the same if you work for them. Unless you want to work for someone who wastes your time and keeps you waiting, you may want to pass on any job offers from somebody who cannot be bothered to show up on time.
- Expressing Views or Using Language That is Offensive
It's one thing if the hiring manager slips up with a PG-13 swear word once or twice. It's another thing entirely if they think nothing of using truly vulgar language. This should definitely raise a red flag with you, as should an interviewer who says things that are racist, sexist, or homophobic. Depending on where you live, there is a good chance that the interviewer is behaving illegally. Even if they are not, this is clearly not somebody you wish to associate with personally or professionally.
- Failure to Read Your Resume
If the hiring manager has to double check a few details, that's no problem. After all, they have likely reviewed dozens of resumes. However, they should have the important stuff from your resume right. If it seems as if they haven't read your resume at all, it could be that your interviewer isn't really prepared to fill the position. Another possibility is that they have already selected an internal candidate and are simply conducting interviews because regulations require them to do so.
- Asking You About Your Family Status, Religious Beliefs, or Orientation
In most places asking these questions is a violation of the law. In any case it is extraordinarily unprofessional, and an indication that the company you would be working for is biased against people of certain groups.
- They Take Calls or Allow Other Interruptions
You turn off your phone before entering the building for an interview. If you didn't, you would most likely be cut from consideration due to your unprofessional behavior. Unfortunately, some interviewers do not extend the same courtesy to others. They take phone calls mid interview, leave the conference room to speak with others, and treat the person they are interviewing with extreme disrespect. Not only is this rude, but it shows a clueless lack of professionalism.
- They Vent Gossip or Rant
It's one thing for an interview to mention that things are super busy or that they feel as if they are spinning too many plates. That's a great way to indicate why they need to hire more people. However, a hiring manager should never turn an interview into a venting session. They also shouldn't gossip about office politics, or rant about their coworkers. Don't feel bad about turning down a job offer from a potential boss who thinks it is okay to behave this way.
- They Cannot Clearly Articulate What Your Role Would Be
Clear job descriptions are a good thing. If the person interviewing you cannot or will not tell you what you will be doing, beware. This could be a sign that you would be working in an extremely disorganized and chaotic environment. It could also be a sign that the company wants to hire somebody to be a lackey who takes on the unpleasant work that nobody else wants to do.
- The Atmosphere Seems Tense or Hostile
If you have ever walked into an office building or job site, and felt the hostility in the air that should definitely raise a red flag. Be very wary if people talk to one another in snarky tones, and appear to be angry and hostile. You'll want to stay far away from any company where the atmosphere and people are toxic.
- They Want to Interview You Away From Their Offices
Sometimes, there is a good reason for this. The company could be in a small space, or they could be remodeling or having some repairs done. On the other hand, this could also mean that things are not on the up and up. For example, one hiring manager may be interviewing you away from the office because he is doing so behind another manager's back. Another possibility is that they may be lying about the company's assets and standing. If they don't give a good reason for interviewing you in a separate location, you should probably do some background checking on the company and its owners.