When the goal is a job interview, applicants should evaluate their potential employers. No one is ever required to accept a job offer. If you think there are potential deal breakers, feel free to decline the offer professionally.
Here are some of the most common red flags to watch out for during a job interview:
Most people don’t want to work in a company where employees are rude to each other. Take some time to evaluate how employees interact. Do they enjoy working with each other? Is the level of respect clear?
Rude Prospective Boss
Fully prepare for the interview so that you can think clearly. Evaluate if the interviewer is responding well to your answers. If the interviewer is distracted while talking to you, it’s probably best to look for a different job opportunity.
They Seem Unethical
Study the body language and other subtle cues of your interviewer and other employees. How friendly are they with each other? If you see negative or uncomfortable interactions between employees, you may want to think carefully before accepting the job offer.
Vague Job Description
If you think the job description is too vague, feel free to ask specific questions during the interview. It is important to know the scope of the job you are applying for. In some cases, people find out the job they’ve accepted bears little resemblance to the description. This is important, because entering a workplace like this where roles are unclear can stall your career progress.
Keep in mind that job interviews should provide answers to your questions. If the interview leaves you with more questions, consider looking for a different company that better matches your expectations.
They Don’t Value Your Time
If a company makes you wait to start the interview without providing any reason why, this is a sign that they don’t respect you and your time. A company should understand that everyone’s time is valuable. If you run into this or any other potential deal breakers, feel free to politely and professionally decline a job offer.