Job Interview Red Flags You Don’t Want to Ignore

Posted by , Updated on December 31, 2018


So, you snagged a job interview and you’re super excited. Not so fast. I know looking for a job sucks. It’s time consuming, stressful, and once you land that job interview, you’re so relieved. It’s easy to put on blinders and not discern potential problems. Don’t go into a job interview with rose colored glasses. Or, maybe you just got out of an interview and something doesn’t feel right. Maybe it’s your gut. Maybe it’s paranoia. Either way, don’t be quick to brush it off as nothing. If a job interview doesn’t feel right, then it’s not right. Here are Job Interview Red Flags You Don’t Want to Ignore.


They Email Asking For Your Salary Requirements


When you applied for the job, there might have been a box asking for your minimum salary requirements. This is fairly standard. However, if that wasn’t on the application and they invited you for a job interview, but then later emailed you asking for your salary requirements, that’s a red flag. Why? First, it means they aren’t very organized. Second, it could mean they’re weeding out candidates that have high salary requirements. Your interview could be doomed before you walk through the door.


Morale is Low

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During a job interview, you need to ask the interviewer about office morale. If they try to avoid the question, you just got your answer. On the other hand, they might be honest and tell you morale is low. In my experience, if morale is low in the office, nine times out of ten, it’s because of bad management.


They Call for an Interview a Millisecond After You Apply


Most companies, if they like you, will wait a few days to call. They don’t want to appear desperate. Calling you almost immediately is a bad sign. It means people are quitting or getting fired every day. So, don’t get excited if they’re chomping at the bit to interview you, proceed with caution.


It's a Group Interview


I call these “meat grinder” interviews. They call in a bunch of people all at once and weed out who they don’t like. Basically, it’s a lazy way of interviewing people. If you get the job this way, then chances are you’ll be fired just as quickly.


They Refer to Themselves as Being "A Family"

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If by family they mean dysfunctional family, then yes, it is a family. In my experience, if you’re interviewer says their job is a family, it has always been one of the worse jobs ever. It’s like they are compensating for their toxic work enviroment.

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