INTERVIEWS / MAR. 07, 2015
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7 Red Flags to Turn Down a Job During an Interview

Since the financial crisis a few years ago, we have been constantly informed that we should take any job we can get our hands on. When the rent is late, bills are flying in, and bill collectors start calling, it can be easy to see why we’re always told to find any job possible as long as a paycheck is distributed every week. 

In today’s Internet landscape, there is a plethora of articles highlighting how jobseekers should behave in a job interview, what to say to a hiring manager, and how one should present themselves in front of human resources. However, it’s not very often that there’s an extensive piece or a television segment about warning signs an applicant should notice regarding the job. 

Although millennials have garnered a terrible reputation about their job interviewing abilities, or lack thereof – one study found that one-third of millennials text during a job interview and view it OK to arrive late - the interviewers, at times, can be to blame for a qualified interviewee’s reluctance to accept the job. 

There are many red flags a potential job candidate can be on the lookout for, including tardiness, uncouth behavior, and disorganization on the part of the hiring manager, secretary or the boss. If you’ve just headed for an interview and the little man in your chest is telling you something was wrong with the situation, then listen to him. 

If not, then here are seven red flags to turn down a job during an interview:

1. Lateness 

An employment candidate will be frowned upon if he or she arrives to an interview five to ten minutes late. But what happens if an interviewer arrives to the interview five to ten minutes late? Well, this could be a signal that staff members are disenfranchised with the company, it’s in its final days for anyone to care or management doesn’t know what it’s doing. 

2. Terrible Reviews 

Do you want to know what previous employees think about the company? What about the company’s corporate earnings? Well, all you have to do is perform a Google search and find out what people are saying about the enterprise. If a majority of workers are bashing the company and complaining about how they were treated, then perhaps you should take a pass on a job interview. Moreover, if the business keeps losing money, then it won’t stay open for much longer. 

3. High Turnover 

The company may advertise that it’s in the middle of a hiring blitz, but it could be something more nefarious than that: a high turnover rate. This suggests that the workforce dislikes working for this company, management is too strict or staff members are mistreated, and have seen signs on the wall that things aren’t so rosy. 

4. Constant Rescheduling 

If the secretary is contacting you to inform you that the interview has been rescheduled for the third time, then this could be a hint that things aren’t exactly going very well at the firm. 

5. Distracted Interviewing 

Is the interviewer checking his email? Is the hiring manager on her phone? Is the boss reading corporate documents? If the person interviewing is doing anything but paying attention to you, then maybe you should turn down the job instantly and just walk out. If you’re not being respected at the initial interview, then maybe it’s an omen of things to come once you’re on the payroll. 

6. Unclear Outline 

During any job interview, the hiring manager will either verbally outline the tasks and duties assigned to the job or provide you with a document outlining the position’s responsibilities. If this is not provided or if the HR professional is unsure himself, then employment could be a difficult one because you’ll have no idea what to do, who to speak with or what materials you’ll have to work with. 

7. Unaware of Your Résumé

Every employee in charge of hiring workers will have looked over your résumé. Once they do this, they’ll call you in because they’re impressed with your résumé. However, if once you get to the place of business and the interviewer is unaware of your past experience and education credentials, then you should turn down the job offer. If they don’t have the will to quickly skim over a résumé, even before the interview, then what energy will they have to work with you? 

A job interview is an initial meeting that helps both parties learn about one another and come to an agreement on employment terms. These instances are instructive, helpful and professional, but if any of the aforementioned transpire at all, then the future may not be bright at this private or public firm.

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