Although it doesn’t always feel this way, job interviews are a two-way street. When you’re interviewing for a job, it’s not just about what the company thinks about you – it’s also how you feel about the company. A good cultural fit can mean the difference between skipping off to work with a song in your heart and dragging yourself to the office like you’re headed to the DMV. Not a seasoned interviewer? Never fear. You can learn to recognize the red flags that indicate this job isn’t for you – during the interview process and before you take that job offer.
“We Work Hard”
You’ve probably heard this phrase before, but it definitely doesn’t mean the same thing for every company. At worst, this means that you’re likely going to be working more than 40 hours a week, and you’re probably going to be expected to check your email after work hours. If you’re headed into any kind of startup environment, this isn’t out of the norm. But if you’re looking for more work/life balance, this statement should come as a huge red flag for you.
“You’ll Wear Many Hats in This Role”
And by many hats, they mean that you’re going to be doing a lot of work that is outside your main job role. If you’re not comfortable with that kind of ambiguous responsibility, think twice before moving forward with the job. On the other hand, if you are comfortable with “wearing many hats,” the benefit is that you will be able to learn more and gain more responsibilities than those with singular job roles, thus getting more experience.
“What Job Are You Interviewing for Again?”
If you’re in an interview and the interviewer asks you this question, you’re better off applying elsewhere. Not only is this incredibly rude, but it reveals that the company is unprepared and disorganized. Plus, if that’s how they treat their potential employees, who knows how terribly they treat their current ones. Yes, some people have busy days, and some people get thrown into interviews at the last minute. But, if this is going to be your boss, do not take this behaviour with a grain of salt. Being disrespectful of your time is likely a harbinger of what’s to come.
“This Isn’t a Scam”
Not much to say here except that If your interviewer feels the need to call out that the job role you’re interviewing for isn’t a scam, it’s definitely a scam. People working in jobs like sales and marketing will encounter this more than others. No matter what job you’re interviewing for, the moment you feel it may be a scam, it’s probably time to look for a different place to apply.