Red Flags to Notice in a Job Interview

Applying for a job and being accepted for the job interview is probably one of the most important affairs in one’s life. It could change your life and give you financial stability and even the work experience you always thought you wanted. Despite appearances, however, even the best of companies sometimes, are not the right jobs for you. Amidst the excitement and nervousness, these very subtle red flags are almost always unnoticed.

It’s always wise to do research from your end about the company regarding when it was established and what kind of work they do before your meeting. In case you haven’t had that much time, or you were not sure about how to research, you can still understand whether the job/ the workplace is right for you or not.

Here’s a head’s up on 4 elements of the interview process when you can understand that it’s the job you should walk away from:

  • Bad- Mouthing

If you notice that instead of giving you a realistic description of your job and the responsibility, the hiring official is complaining about the task or elevating the gravity of the work, get alarmed about it; it’s not a healthy work environment.

  • Dominance

You need to understand that during an interview, there will be an assertion of dominance from the employer. Their job is to ask questions so that they can judge you and your abilities. Normally, you don’t have to worry about it. Just being affirmative in your answers with a positive attitude is the key to moving forward.

However, despite your best efforts, if you still feel uncomfortable by the interviewee or feel snubbed, stay warned about it. If this behaviour continues, feel free to walk away politely, because respect is always a two-way work.

  • Uncertainty

Always ask questions regarding the pay, training, the company goals and what they are expecting from you. Speak about your intentions and abilities also very clearly. But if your questions are averted or answered vaguely, and you realise that you did not learn anything about your job even after the interview, do not take up the job.

You shouldn’t have to ask to work. Your job role and expectations need to be clearly defined so that you can have a smooth start and moving forward, you can avoid any kinds of mis- understandings.

  • Wasting Your Time/ Skills

You are eligible for a certain job application because you have skills that are needed for that job. Hence, an interview is aimed at to understand your various strengths, soft skills and to acquaint you with the necessary details of the job.

But if at any point you feel that you’re being made fun of, or the hiring officials do not seem interested in your orientation, and are asking you irrelevant information, know that the job is not worth your time because if the company cannot seriously invest their effort in the selection of employees for the job they need to fill, they might not take their actual jobs seriously either.

Rejecting a job does not mean you won’t get any more opportunities. If you keep looking, you’ll find one with a healthy environment, mindful managers and satisfactory pay. It is not up to you to rectify a company’s errors. Hence, do not settle for jobs if you notice these red flags in their interview process.