In today's modern world, more than ever before, information is available to us about make prospective decisions. Whether you are buying a product, staying at a facility, researching a service or in our case, researching prospective employers, gone are the times of mystery and companies being surrounded in secrecy. Where we decide to grow our career is one of the biggest decisions we can make and nothing is more valuable than the experience we get when we actually interview there.
So your interview day has arrived and while you have prepared to be interviewed, you must also prepare to assess and gauge your potential employer just as they are doing you.
Here are 3 red flags to watch out for:
1.) Morale is low among your future colleagues
Almost always your interview will be with your potential boss. While your interviewer is typically going to be the decision maker, it's crucial to meet the other staff that work there. Getting a good sense of the atmosphere and collegiality among them will give you insight into your future job happiness. Take with a grain of salt any admission by your boss that they are "working through problems" or "our staff is still improving". Ask for an opportunity to meet the people who work there and be very suspicious if your future employer is trying to "hide them" from you or prevent you from talking to any of the staff.
2.) A high turnover among staff
Employees don't just up and leave when they have a good opportunity. If there is high turnover at an organization, it is perhaps on of the biggest red flags available. This is even worse if it is occurring across different departments and could speak volumes about a toxic environment in the company.
3.) You get a bad impression from the interviewer
We've all been in situations where we've had a nightmare boss or supervisor. Many times we can look back and wonder how we've got into this situation, and it can truly make your life hell! On the other hand, we've all had a boss or supervisor that we enjoyed working with and respected. When you sit down face-to-face with your interviewer, does that person strike you as a good communicator and a reasonable pleasant person? Or is it obvious that they are somewhat lacking in that area? A poor interviewer can be a telling sign of poor management skills in the future.
4.) Your interviewer is hesitant or reluctant to answer questions about the opportunity
During your interview, your interviewer should open up the conversation to any questions you might have about the company or the position in general. Avoidance or complete reluctance to give you the opportunity to ask your own interview questions is a red flag and indicates that your future employer is either hiding something or knows about as much about the career as you do.
Ideally, you will be in a situation where your skills are in high demand and you have a choice of opportunities. Avoid making the mistake of looking at salary and benefits only; although extremely important, it should not be the deciding factor if everything else is wrong with the job. Be perceptive and inquisitive on your interview day. Life is short, and you need to be happy at work!