Looking for a job is a lot like modern-day dating: most of it is done online, reaching out to find the right one is always awkward and if you’re not careful you could end up with a bad one. Being unemployed isn’t fun, but neither is spending eight hours of day at a miserable place you hate. But don’t let that happen to you! When you’re at an interview, you should keep your eye out for any “red flags”. Scope out the office for any telltale signs of a bad boss and burnt-out employees. In case you’re bad at figuring out the truth, I recently found an infographic that shares ten different red flags that could spell trouble. Some of the points made are listed below:
High turn rate: Imagine you’re at a company that’s been around for a long time, but everybody who works there seems to be new. A high turnover rate for employees is always troublesome.
A trash-talking boss: If an interviewer complains about their current staff during the interview, you should watch out. Already bad-mouthing prospective co-workers to a potential employee is a sign of a domineering boss; if they talk like that about their current employees so freely, who knows what they’ll say about their future employees?
Vague words: Random buzzwords and vague phrases are hardly a good thing. They suggest a company without any clear idea about how to utilize you, and might imagine you filling several roles simultaneously. If you like the startup life, this could be what you’re looking for, but it could also be a sign of a dangerously disorganized company.
Overselling: Overselling a job means that it’s usually too good to be true, especially when the job description is vague and they haven’t asked you if you have relevant experience.
Nobody’s touching it: If you keep seeing that the same job is being advertised over and over again, that most likely means something bad.
No clear career path: Nothing is worse than a dead-end job. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere where there’s no mention of a path for career progression.
Honesty: Ask any prospective co-workers what the best and worst thing about their jobs are. If the boss isn’t around, they can be really honest.
They want your money: No company that wants money from you to being working there is going to be anywhere good. A good job only wants your time and service, not any of your money.
Employees react badly to their boss: Take a look at how employees act when their boss is speaking. If they’re looking at the floor and act like they don’t want to be there, this boss could either be domineering or embarrassing as a leader.
Bad body language: Look at the people you pass in the office and see what their expressions and body language look like. If it looks like they don’t want to be there, then there’s a good chance you won’t want to be either.