It’s been quite a while since I’ve been to a job interview, but I do remember talking to some people about potential employment and thinking to myself, “I don’t think I want this job, because something about this place just seems OFF.”
I’m sure you’ve probably had that gut feeling before, as well.
You gotta keep your eyes and ears open when you’re looking for a job.
People on AskReddit opened up about red flags we should all look out for during interviews.
1. Good idea.
“I always ask about training and learning curves.
Every job I’ve had that went wrong- I notice that when that question came up they stumbled.
The current job I have, when I asked the question they had sparks in their eyes as they explained the whole process from day 1 of shadowing to the transition to working solo.
And even when Covid hit they managed to continue without skipping a beat.”
2. Lots of turnover.
“They told me all about their generous severance packages.
In the initial interview.
3. D*ck move.
“Was interviewed by a senior programmer and the department head.
The department head was continuously making condescending remarks towards the other interviewer.
Poor guy just sounded broken.
Hope he’s somewhere else now.”
“Once an interviewer straight up asked me if I had any trouble working for free on weekends…
I told them my free time is more valuable than anything and that the only way that I would work a weekend is if they are paying me and if I felt like working a weekend.
She got really mad at me and ended the interview right away.
Biggest red flag I’ve ever seen because they didn’t even try to hide it.”
5. A bunch of red flags.
“”Yea, everyone here is new, but it’s totally because of covid.”
“The boss doesn’t like people going out to get lunch because they’re afraid you’ll never come back, so being your own lunch.”
“You’ll get weird looks if you leave on time”. It was a Chinese owned company with heavy chinese work culture influence so you were expected to stay overtime all week.
Also “the people here are nice but it’s pretty stressful”.”
6. Yeah, right.
“My favorite is “there’s a lot of people waiting in line to work here, count yourself lucky.”
Huge red flag.”
7. Don’t do it!
“‘Well, the overtime isn’t mandatory, but most folks stick around after hours most days.’
Spoilers: The overtime is mandatory.”
8. Hell no.
“I interviewed with MetLife insurance about twenty years ago.
They demanded that I provide them with a contact list of no fewer than a hundred friends and family.
Noped out of that quickly.”
“This actually happened to me:
Interviewer: Do you have any questions for us?
Me: what is a challenge this department has recently faced?
Interviewer: Job security.”
10. Why are you reading that?
“When you are signing all the forms they give you and you are taking your time to read over every document so that you can fully understand what you are getting into…
And people come in and start telling you that you don’t need to read this and that just sign here and so on.”
11. A bad omen.
“I didn’t know it at the time, but “you’ll be wearing many hats” was a sign that they were going to give me the work of four positions and the wage of one.
I didn’t last a year there before I left and now I won’t even finish reading job ads that include that line.”
12. Mystery document.
“I was once part of a group onboarding for an IT job.
They handed us all the one-page new hire “contract” and everyone except me signed immediately.
When I read the paperwork, I discovered we were signing a mystery document.
Clauses included “I agree to abide by the personal search and seizure security policy (attached).”
Without other pages, there was no way to determine what I was agreeing to.
I kept requesting more and more pages until the HR drone said “ok, I guess [me] is just determined to hold everyone up.
We will handle you separately if you’re struggling so much.”
After I walked out and drove home, I called the hiring manager to apologize for not taking the job. He informed me that HR reported I had walked out after refusing to be drug tested.”
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