When you are looking for a new job, there are plenty of challenges. You want to be sure you have the necessary qualifications, research the employer, know the wages will meet your needs, and be sure you’ll fit into the company culture. Landing a job is great, but it can be even more stressful if you start working and discover the company just isn’t what you thought it was. Keep an eye out for these warning signs the job might not be the right fit.
1. The Job Description is Vague
Even though a job description may have grabbed your interest, if it doesn’t clearly explain what the position entails, it is a bad sign. It is possible that the position itself is still up in the air as far as its purpose in the company. You might also be interviewed by multiple people for the job who each seem to have a different idea of what the person in the position is going to be doing.
Either way, it is a huge red flag. It leaves you confused about what the company needs and will lead to misunderstanding and unmet expectations on the job.
2. There Are Too Many Hoops to Jump Through
If the hiring manager is asking you to jump through too many hoops before you are hired, this is another bad sign. You might be asked to take part in a neverending number of interviews or perform certain assignments. This can be a sign that the company overworks its employees without fair compensation.
Even if creating a presentation or performing some type of assignment is part of the interview process, compensation should be offered for your time. It shows respect for you, your time, and gives you an idea of how they treat their current staff.
3. The Hiring Manager is Critical of Past Employees
Of course, there is a reason they are hiring someone new. Sometimes, it is because the previous person in the position was an underperformer or didn’t meet their needs. Even if that is the case, it is inappropriate and uncomfortable for the hiring manager to delve into the details of why that person is leaving the company.
It is also a definite bad sign. They are willing to bad-mouth previous employees in front of someone they just met. This portrays a potentially toxic work environment that you won’t want to be a part of.
4. Poor Communication
Another huge red flag during the interview process is poor communication. It is fairly normal to wait a week or two for a response to your application at the very beginning. Once communication has been made, though, it should be consistent. If they don’t show up for the interview on time or constantly leave you hanging, it gives the impression that leadership in the company is likely disorganized.
5. They Want to Hire You Immediately
Even if you are desperate for a job, a company wanting to immediately hire you is a bad sign. There might be high turnover in the company, or they might have a bad reputation that you aren’t aware of. Either way, step back and take a moment to reassess the situation before taking the position.
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